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Russian President Vladimir Putin has sought to downplay the effects of U.S. and European sanctions on his country's economy, asserting that Russia has managed to survive the economic assault from the West. (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks at a concert marking the 80th birthday anniversary of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, in Moscow, Tuesday, Feb. 1 , 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin, Pool)

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Chechen Kheda Goilabiyeva, second right, stands after her wedding with Chechen police officer Nazhud Guchigov, in Chechnya's provincial capital Grozny, Russia, Saturday, May 16, 2015. A 46-year-old Chechen police officer taking a 17-year-old as his second wife in flagrant violation of Russian laws has caused a storm in the Russian media and put the region's ruler on the defensive. (AP Photo, File)

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In this frame grab made from a video provided by Russia 1 Channel, Russian rocket Proton-M is launched from Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, Saturday, May 16, 2015. A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch, the latest mishap to hit Russia's troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures. The sign on bottom reads News on Saturday. (Russia 1 Channel via AP) ** FILE **

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Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for increasing military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting with representatives of top military brass and defense industries at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, May 12, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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The Artemovsk Winery in Ukraine continues to operate despite being close to where Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russia separatists have clashed. (Thomas Edward Phillips)

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Secretary of State John F. Kerry hopes to keep the Ukraine situation separate from his push for a new dialogue with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Syria, U.S. officials said Monday. (Associated Press)

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New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) battles for the puck against Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, during the first period of Game 6 in the second round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs, Sunday, May 10, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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A Russian air force Mi-26 helicopter, front, flies over Red Square during the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (Host photo agency/RIA Novosti Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

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Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Victory Parade marking the 70th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II, in Red Square, Moscow, Russia, Saturday, May 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping exchange documents at the signing ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, May 8, 2015. Russian and Chinese leaders have signed a plethora of deals in Moscow, giving Russia billions in infrastructure loans. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Illustration on Victory Day in Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Illustrations marking Russia's role in World War II. Russia celebrates Victory Day on May 9. (Photo by Berta Yaroslavskaya)

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New Russian military vehicles including the new Russian T-14 Armata tank, foreground, make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow's Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 70 years after the victory in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 4, 2015. Russia's new Armata tank has appeared in public for the first time, rumbling down a broad Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square for the Victory Day parade's final rehearsal. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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Russian military vehicles including the new Russian T-14 Armata tank, center, make their way to Red Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade which will take place at Moscow's Red Square on May 9 to celebrate 70 years after the victory in WWII, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, May 4, 2015. Russia's new Armata tank has appeared in public for the first time, rumbling down a broad Moscow avenue on its way to Red Square for the Victory Day parade's final rehearsal.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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National Edition News cover for May 1, 2015 - CHINA, RUSSIA GET COZY: Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting in the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 22, 2013. Russia is Xi Jinping's first foreign destination as China's president. Xi's talks with Putin on Friday are set to focus on oil and gas as China seeks to secure new energy resources to fuel its growing economy. (AP Photo/Sergei Karpukhin, Pool)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met five times last year and "will meet at least as many times this year," said Andrey Denisov, Russia's ambassador to Beijing. (Associated Press)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greets former U.S. president Jimmy Carter and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, right, as he meets with members of the Elders group in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

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From left, Armenian Apostolic Church leader, Catholicos Garegin II, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend a ceremony at the Tsitsernakaberd Genocide memorial complex in Yerevan, Armenia, Friday, April 24, 2015. (Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)