Vladimir Putin has claimed Russia’s economy is holding up against Western sanctions, just days after officials were reportedly warned of a deep recession.
The Russian President told the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok: “Russia is coping with the economic, financial and technological aggression of the West,” state news outlet TASS reported.
“Russia’s currency and financial market has been stabilized, inflation is falling, and the unemployment rate is at a historic low,” Putin said.
“Estimates and forecasts of economic dynamics, including by entrepreneurs, are much more optimistic than they were at the beginning of spring.”
Reuters reported that Putin added: “We have not lost anything and will not lose anything,”
However, Bloomberg reported on Monday that officials have been handed a report forecasting a longer and deeper recession than has been publicly acknowledged.
The Kremlin-commissioned report was presented to top Russian officials on August 30, the wire said.
Two of three scenarios that the report explored found Russia’s economy would not return to prewar levels until the end of the decade or later, Bloomberg reported.
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