Putin says United States uses dollar as a weapon

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a meeting with Governor of Magadan Region Sergey Nosov via video link outside Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the U.S. had discredited the international financial system by using the U.S. dollar as a weapon.

In a combative anti-West speech in Moscow, Putin said he believed moves by other countries to reduce the reliance of the U.S. dollar in their international trade would accelerate.

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)