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Obama: Russia is a nation that 'doesn't make anything'

American President Barack Obama dismissed Russia as a nation that "doesn't make anything."

US President Barack Obama Credit: REUTERS/Larry Downing

Speaking to the Economist magazine, Obama downplayed Moscow's role in the world. He dismissed President Vladimir Putin as a leader causing short-term trouble for political gain that will hurt Russia in the long term.

"I do think it's important to keep perspective. Russia doesn't make anything," Obama said in the interview.