'We are a fully integrated part of the global economy, and we respect our neighbours' borders'
by Dmitry Peskov
A spokesman for prime minister Vladimir Putin responds to charges by a Guardian article.
On relations beyond our borders, we are accused on the one hand of expansionist ambitions and having designed a "blueprint to bring back the Soviet Union's geography", and on the other of "becoming increasingly isolationist". It seems we can't win. And it is wrong to state that "Russia's territory now includes Abkhazia and South Ossetia" - they have both made clear that they are determined to retain their hard-won independence, something we are committed to respect.