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With an invasion force parked on the border, Putin also renewed his threat to 'protect' Russian speakers in Ukraine (Photo: kremlin.ru)

Putin accuses US of 'blackmail' on French bank fine

Russia has accused the US of using bank fines to “blackmail” France on arms sales, amid Western division on Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin made the claim in a speech to Russian ambassadors in Moscow on Tuesday (1 July).

“We are aware of the pressure our American partners are putting on France to force it not to supply Mistrals to Russia. We even know that they hinted that if France does not deliver the Mistrals, the sanctions will be quietly lifted from their banks, or at leas...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

With an invasion force parked on the border, Putin also renewed his threat to 'protect' Russian speakers in Ukraine (Photo: kremlin.ru)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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