Putin warned of a possible escalation of tension in the world

“With the economic uncertainty, the exhaustion of past sources of growth, to a certain extent tied to current geopolitical tensions. There is a risk that she may become stronger, even the artificially provoked”, – said the head of state, speaking at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF).

At the end of may it was reported that during meeting of Presidium of economic Council former Finance Minister and now head of the Center for strategic research (CSR) Alexei Kudrin suggested Putin to take measures to reduce geopolitical tensions for the sake of overcoming the technological backwardness of Russia. However, the President said in response that the country, even if it is somewhat behind, is not going to trade sovereignty, and he will protect the sovereignty of Russia until the end of his life.