Putin Says Sanctions Won’t Work, Shrugs Them Off

(PresidentialInsider.com)- As he doubled down on his planned invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the West on Tuesday that his nation cannot be isolated or held back, no matter what punishment it endures, according to Russian state television.

“We don’t intend to be isolated,” Mr. Putin said and explained that it would be difficult to completely isolate someone in the modern world, let alone a country the size of Russia.

Vladimir Putin interpreted his warning to the West as he observed Russia’s annual Cosmonautics Day, which commemorates the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin. Speaking alongside Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Putin said the Soviet space program’s achievements demonstrated that Russia could still accomplish milestones in the face of adversity. The sanctions were absolute, and the isolation was complete, he said, “yet the Soviet Union was still first in space.”

The United States rushed to establish NASA following early Soviet space achievements, such as Yuri Gagarin’s flight and the 1957 launch of the Sputnik 1 satellite.

After the US and its allies imposed severe sanctions to punish Vladimir Putin for his declared “special military operation” in Ukraine, Putin insisted that any attempts to isolate Moscow would fail and that Russia would never again rely on the West.

The Russian invader argued that the violent assault on February 24 was justified because the US was using Ukraine to attack Moscow through NATO. He went on to say that Moscow was obligated to defend Russian speakers in Ukraine who were being persecuted. He also described Russia’s military action as having very obvious and honorable aims, despite resistance by Ukrainians and the West.

In addition to criticizing Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, US President Joe Biden has often accused Putin of violating human rights, citing the assassination and imprisonment of Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny as an example. But in a 2021 interview with NBC, Putin retaliated, arguing that his administration is not cracking down on internal opposition any more than the US does. He then cited the hundreds of arrests made in the aftermath of the January 6 riots, as well as the death of one rioter, Ashli Babbitt, as evidence that the US targets its own citizens based on their political beliefs.

“We have a saying,” said Vladimir Putin. ‘Don’t be mad at the mirror if you are ugly.’