Putin ally warns Russia risks isolation over Ukraine rhetoric

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  • Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Alexei Kudrin, a former Russian finance minister and loyal ally of President Vladimir Putin, warned on Tuesday that anti-Western rhetoric during the Ukrainian crisis could isolate the nation and derail its modernisation.

In rare high-level criticism of growing Kremlin conservatism, Kudrin said Moscow should not intervene militarily in the rebellion in eastern Ukraine and expressed dismay that Russians were as once again becoming adversaries of the West.

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