Putin states Russia will not boycott PyeongChang Winter Games
A man walks past the logo of the Russian Olympic Committee at its headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 6, 2017. EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY
A man walks in front of the Olympic rings outside the building of the Russian Olympic Committee in Moscow, Russia, 06 December 2017. EPA-EFE/SERGEI ILNITSKY
Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) speaks as he meets with workers at the Gorky Automobile Plant (GAZ) in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Dec 6, 2017. EFE-EPA/MICHAEL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL
Moscow, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday that Russia would not boycott South Korea's PyeongChang Winter Games after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia's National Olympic team from attending the games.
Putin stated that "Without any doubt, we will not declare any kind of blockade" and added, "We will not block our Olympians from taking part if any of them wish to take part as individuals".
Putin also said that Russia was partly to blame for its banning from the Winter Games "but described the IOC decision as a "collective punishment".