BERLIN, March 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's president
said on Tuesday that protectionist measures during the ongoing
global financial crisis must be temporary, and warned that
excessive protectionism could trigger trade wars.
"Primitive, senseless protectionism that could lead to the
closure of markets, trade wars, and the emergence of high walls
between countries must be prevented during this period," Dmitry
Medvedev told a news conference with German Chancellor Angela
Merkel ahead of the summit of G20 leaders to tackle the crisis.