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Vladimir Putin appears to downplay deadly US Capitol riot by labelling it 'a stroll'

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The Russian President suggested rioters took a leisurely walk to the building despite significant civil unrest which resulted in the death of five people. He made the remark during a meeting summoned to discuss incrementing investment activity, as he stressed Moscow was keen on establishing stable links with other superpowers.

He said: “Some of the people who took a stroll to the US Congress — 150 people were arrested, they face imprisonment from 15 to 25 years.

“Will all these internal controversies end there or not?

“We do not know, but we want it to end, because we are interested in stable relations with all our main partners.”

It comes after Mr Putin accused the West of “trying to shackle” Russia amid its tensions with Europe and the US over the arrest of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

Analysts warned relations between Moscow and the West are reaching their lowest point since the Cold War.

President Putin addressed the Federal Security Services (FSB) in an annual speech last month.

He said the West is “trying to shackle us with economic and other sanctions”.

The Russian President added: “We are faced with the so-called policy of containing Russia.



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