December 23, 2016 / 10:23 AM / 7 months ago

Putin says relations with Ukraine will improve 'sooner or later'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow, Russia, December 23, 2016.Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was confident that Moscow's relations with Ukraine would normalise "sooner or later".

Speaking at his annual end-of-year news conference, Putin said a bridge under construction between Russia and Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, would help develop commercial and humanitarian links between the two countries once relations improved.

Reporting by Katya Golubkova, Vladimir Soldatkin and Denis Pinchuk; writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Peter Hobson

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