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Pandemic, opposition and US path: what Putin said to heads of news agencies

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday expressed hope that challenges created by the novel coronavirus pandemic would spur countries to remove politically motivated restrictions against each other. The Russian leader also told heads of world news agencies at a meeting organized by TASS that countries should not build partner relations based on the principle of making-friends-against-anyone, adding that "there should be some ethics" in relations between state leaders.

TASS gathered Putin’s main statements made at the meeting.

Causes of the pandemic

"Too many things have already been said on this subject, so it seems to me that making more comments about this would be senseless. I don’t think that I can say something new or compelling."

Role of the pandemic

"I wish with all my heart that the trials we faced last year would inspire us to work closer with each other, to finally get rid of politically motivated restrictions, especially at times when we need to join forces for the benefit of the people, in the name of their lives and health."

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