Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the West's proposals to limit the sale of screwdrivers and other minor goods to Russia as absurd.
However, he sees a silver lining in the situation.
During a recent statement according to Russian News Agency TASS, Putin commented on the sanctions, saying that Western politicians "are now simply reaching the point of absurdity in their fantasies" by proposing to ban imports of screwdrivers, needles, and similar items to Russia.
"Perhaps the less junk, the better. There is less of a chance of bed bugs coming here from large European cities," Putin jokingly said.
It has been reported that Lithuania, in preparation for the 12th package of anti-Russian sanctions by the European Union, suggested including exports of buttons, nails, sewing needles, and knitting needles to Russia in the new restrictions.
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