Despite the sanctions, Russia is doing better than expected, says presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov. At the same time, he acknowledged that the Russian Federation is in an “uncomfortable position”, and now the country needs to quickly compensate for a deficit of 40-45% of imports. In an interview with CNN, Mr. Peskov said that the sanctions did not bring the “decisive effect” of sanctions, which hoped the West. “Now we even feel a little better than one might think,” says a Kremlin spokesman. Dmitry Peskov clarified that because of the sanctions, Russia has had problems importing goods. “Of course, we understand our problems, we understand that in a very short time we will have to compensate for a rather significant decrease in imports by more than 40%–45%,” he said. According to the spokesman, Russia plans to “very seriously increase” domestic production and infrastructure. “In order to reorganize imports, we have to reorganize where they come from. Compensate for the western direction by increasing imports … .