Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the European Union has lost hundreds of billions of euros because of the anti-Russian sanctions, speaking at his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday.

During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

So far some two million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2019 Q&A.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.FULL DESCRIPTION TO FOLLOW

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