RT interviewed Russian President Vladimir Putin on putting counter sanctions on western policies. The reason for this being that according to Putin The U.S. does not accept compromises "Apparently, they don't want to compromise, they only want to dictate. Such a style has formed over the past 15-20 years in the US, and they still can't deviate from it," Putin said. Putin has no inclinations to stop counter sanctions and told RT in reference to the west "...they can get lost". It is a powerful statement on the deteriorating relations between the west and Russia and a need for economic balance. Putin blamed France for backing out of attending a cultural art exhibit with Putin, which is why he says he did not go to France to attend talks on Syria. The president also commented on Kiev, noting the lack of political commitments in Ukraine.