RT News - December 18, 2014 (17:00 MSK)

Economic hurdles are the price Russia is paying for protecting its sovereignty - that's the message from Vladimir Putin, at his end-of-year Q&A session. The rouble continues its roller-coaster ride despite a brief reprieve ahead of the Russian President's news conference. Confusion reigns in Washington as the State Department claims Barack Obama has signed off on new sanctions against Russia - which is news to the White House.