Putin says 2016 'difficult' but full of accomplishments

US President Barack Obama (L) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin before a meeting in Lima in NovemberRussian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the year 2016 was “difficult” but congratulated his country on its accomplishments and on believing in itself. The past year “was difficult, but the difficulties we came across united us,” Putin said in his traditional New Year’s greeting, which is shown at midnight and has already aired in the far-eastern regions of the country.

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