Commenting on the sanctions imposed on Russia, President Vladimir Putin said however harsh they may be, they will not force Russia to abandon its independent stance in the world.
Russians will never accept trade-offs at the expense of sovereignty, Putin further stressed.
In an interview with the Chinese TV, Putin said that he believes the rounds of sanctions imposed on Russia by the US, its allies and the EU have only one goal - to hamper its economic development.
He went on to stress that no amount of sanctions and punitive measures will ever be enough to make Russia cave in and change its policy.
"I believe that either Russia will be sovereign, or there will be no Russia at all. And, of course, the Russian people will always opt for the first. I think the Chinese people will too. We have no other option," Putin said.
Relatively, Putin argued that all attempts by the West to wreck the Russian economy will eventually backfire on those who followed the US' lead in ‘punishing' Russia.
"Those who followed the US lead, they themselves are beginning to suffer from what the United States is implementing with regards to these countries."
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team