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Putin says Russia over the worst


Putin says Russia over the worst

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MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin says his country’s economy has weathered the worst effects of its downturn even though it appears headed for a deep recession.

In comments reported Tuesday by state news agency RIA Novosti, Putin said the economy had passed the “peak of stress” and had stabilised after a dramatic drop in the value of the ruble last year.

He sought to downplay talk of a crisis, preferring instead a reference to “certain difficulties”. He insisted that it’s “already clear that there is no collapse and that there won’t be one”.

According to the World Bank, Russia’s economy will shrink by 3.8 per cent this year and 0.3 per cent next as it suffers from weak investment demand, sanctions and the low oil price.