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Putin dismisses threat of sanctions

MOSCOW – A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a “NATO foreign legion,” reflecting his readiness to stand up to the West regardless of rising economic costs, as Standard & Poor’s rating agency downgraded Russia’s credit rating to junk.

Putin’s spokesman shrugged off the Western threat of more sanctions as “short-sighted.”

The Kremlin’s uncompromising stance is rooted in its desire...

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