Russian President Vladimir Putin claims the West's plans to "strangle us economically have failed"

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Wednesday Russia's response to strategic threats from outside will be "immediate" and "quick."Speaking to the Council of Legislators, Putin said that "if someone intervenes in events (referring to the special military operation) from outside" and creates "strategic threats" that are "unacceptable" then Russia will have "all the instruments" to respond promptly."We have all the instruments that no one could brag about. We will not brag about it," Putin said.Putin went on to state that the solidarity of the Russian people "at crucial moments for the country means a lot.""It guarantees Russia will decently respond to the most difficult challenges and threats, will pass through all the challenges. It has always been the case, so shall it be now," he concluded.

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