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Russia PM says certain can minimize sanctions impact

MOSCOW - Russia, under threat of further sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, said on Tuesday it could minimize their impact and would support industries dependent on supplies from abroad.

 

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told parliament sanctions were a chance for Russia to reduce its dependence on imports and that its economic priorities were unchanged.

 

"We shan't give up on cooperation with foreign companies, including from Western countries, but we will be ready for unfriendly steps," he said in a report to lawmakers on the government's work in 2013.

 

"I am sure we can minimize their impact," he said. "We will not allow our citizens to become hostages of political games." (Reuters)