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ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev blamed "aggressive" United States policies on Saturday for the global financial crisis and said Moscow's growing economic muscle could be part of the solution.
"Failure by the biggest financial firms in the world to adequately take risk into account, coupled with the aggressive financial policies of the biggest economy in the world, have led not only to corporate losses," Medvedev told Russia's main annual event for international investors in St Petersburg.
"Most people on the planet have become poorer."
The Kremlin leader said investment by cash-rich Russian companies abroad, promotion of Moscow as a major financial centre and use of the ruble as a reserve currency were part of the answer.
These could help solve problems created by what he said was a gap between the United States' leading global economic role and "its true capabilities."
The Kremlin leader said economic nationalism had played a big part in triggering the current crisis, which he compared to the Great Depression of the 1930s.
"No matter how big the American market and no matter how strong the American financial system, they are incapable of substituting for global commodity and financial markets," Medvedev told the St Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Originally posted by Baxtoriafall
..., again with America causing all world problems, Russia needs to get over themselves.
Originally posted by jackinthebox
Of course the US is to blame. Just like we were when the last Depression boomeranged the globe on the brink of World War.
Well, technically I suppose one could blame the international banksters who are deliberately driving the US into the ground.
Think of the money they are making on high oil right now.