Russian President Vladimir Putin has said sanctions imposed against Russia would rebound against the West, including in the form of higher food and energy prices, and Moscow would solve its problems and emerge stronger. Al Jazeera reports that speaking calmly, Putin acknowledged that sanctions imposed since the February 24 invasion were being felt but said that “gradually, people will orient themselves, they will understand that there are simply no events that we cannot close off and solve”. He also insisted that there had been no alternative to what Russia calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine and that Russia was not a country that could accept compromising its sovereignty for some sort of short-term economic gain.