Russia is not conducting aggressive policies or claiming a superpower status, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday.
"I didn’t like the fact you speak about an aggressive character of our conduct," Putin said as he answered questions from participants in the St Petersburg International Economic Forum. "You’re not right. We’re not displaying any aggressive conduct".
"Moscow has simply begun to defend its interests more persistently," he said. "We kept silent for quite some time, for decades actually and offered elements of cooperation of all kinds but pressure on us continued unabated until they drove to a line, which we can’t step over."