Putin says considering retaliation against 'strange' Western sanctions

September 13, 2014 5:08 AM

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DUSHANBE (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday new Western sanctions against Russia looked "a bit strange" given his backing of peace efforts in eastern Ukraine, and warned he was considering taking fresh retaliation.

The European Union and the United States have tightened economic penalties on Moscow, accusing it of sending troops to back pro-Moscow separatists fighting Ukrainian government forces in eastern regions.

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