Donetsk, Nov 3 — DAN. Projected growth of Russia’s GDP might reach 3 percent despite western sanctions and the attempt to restrict Russia’s participation in international organizations, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with Public Chamber members.

“They excluded us, rejected our fuels and what is the result? Our GDP will grow by 2.8-2.9 or even 3 percent this year, while in Europe’s leading economies — a minus, though a small minus. They suffer and experience real problems, ” said Putin whose remarks were broadcast live.

Russia must focus on making its economy stronger domestically and militarily, he said.

In September, the president stated that the Russian economy had withstood unprecedented external pressure.*jk