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Younger people have smarter eyes. Elder people, they have rigid brains, watching Channel One is a routine for them – they switch it on to see what is Channel One telling us. Everything's good, Mashka the cat had kittens yesterday.
Law enforcement was acting in a totally correct, highly professional and lawful way.
Even the slightest illusion of fair justice is absent here. Yesterday's events have shown that quite a large number of voters in Russia support the program of a candidate who stands for fighting corruption. These people demand political representation – and I strive to be their political representative. You can't detain tens of thousands of people. Yesterday we saw the authorities can only go so far.
A time will come when we'll put them on trial too – and that time it will be fair. Even the slightest illusion of fair justice is absent here. Yesterday's events have shown that quite a large number of voters in Russia support the program of a candidate who stands for fighting corruption. These people demand political representation – and I strive to be their political representative.
A time will come when we'll put them on trial too - and that time it will be fair. I will discuss what everyone has been silent about but has needed to be said for a long time.
The Kremlin respects people's civic stance and their right to voice their position. We can't express the same respect to those who consciously misled people and who consciously did it yesterday and provoked illegal actions. The Kremlin is quite sober about the scale of yesterday's protests, and are not inclined to diminish them or push them out of proportion. Facts.
A time will come when we'll put them on trial too - and that time it will be fair.
By co-opting the masses against the elite, the president has shaped a country to echo his values and grievances. And now he’s working to secure his legacy. When Vladimir Putin was asked about his job, two years after becoming master of the Kremlin on New Year’s Eve, 1999, he said something about being a hired manager elected by the Russian people for a term of office. When he is asked about his job now, he calls it “fate”. Yesterday saw thousands joined the biggest since anti-government demonstrations in many years to protest against Putin and his prime minister/protégé Dmitry Medvedev.
The elections will be more like a plebiscite of confidence in Putin.
The Kremlin sees us as their enemy, but what should I do? I'm not going away. I live here. I'm going to live here. It doesn't guarantee your safety. It's an arms race I can't win.
I know that I represent millions of people, I know that my positions are supported by the people, and if it were an honest election, I'd win.
This issue has nothing to do with us or our agenda.
[Parshov] underwent a special course at a school for saboteurs.
We attach great importance to our relations with France, but at the same time we try to maintain equal relations both with the current authorities and with representatives of the opposition. We do not want to influence events in any way, but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces, just as our partners in Europe and the United States do.
He wished her good luck for the presidential election. We felt they understood each other, they were on the same wave length. Macron-Merkel it's the declining establishment, Le Pen and Putin represent the freedom of the people, cooperation in a multi-polar world.
Of course I know that the election campaign in France is actively developing. We do not want to influence events in any way, but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces.
With Donald Trump to the West, and Vladimir Putin to the East, Marine Le Pen clearly appears to be the least isolated of the presidential candidates.
There is an impression that they are bluntly clearing the political field for Emmanuel Macron, the project of Francois Hollande.
We attach a lot of importance to our relations with France, trying to maintain smooth relations with both the acting power and the opposition representatives. We don't want to influence in any way the events going on [in France], but reserve our right to communicate with all representatives of the country's political powers, as our partners do in Europe and in the US.
Of course I know that the election campaign in France is actively developing. We do not want to influence events in any way, but we reserve the right to talk to representatives of all the country's political forces, just as our partners in Europe and the United States do.
I have an impression – I hope it's only an impression – that the practice of killing political opponents has started spreading in Russia.
It's hard to imagine we will be forgiven.
For our personal safety, we can't let them know where we are. It's a totally amoral system and in its anger it may go to extreme measures. There's been a demonization of us. It's hard to say what will happen. We need to be careful. We are poking a sore spot of the Kremlin with our statements.
The law is on our side.
After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.
The decision from our point of view is absolutely unfair, it's unfortunate. And we hope all the same that it will be reconsidered.
From our point of view the decision is absolutely unfair and we hope that it will be reviewed.
It's a strong simplification to think that Yanukovych was acting as the Kremlin's puppet and followed all the instructions coming from the Kremlin.
Maybe in the Kremlin they think I won't make video addresses with a green face. But I will definitely make them because more people will watch them now and it definitely won't stop me. I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I am from the film The Mask! Cool. Even my teeth are green!
"We can't allow splits, animosity, insults and the bitterness of the past to be dragged into our lives today,"
The aim is ... to create a feeling of intrigue and uncertainty regarding the nation's future.
A long and dangerous confrontation caused strong public fear of a big war.
There are no other real candidates. The political field has been burned out.
"The aim is ... to create a feeling of intrigue and uncertainty regarding the nation's future,"
Magically those guys would disappear off the battlefield and most likely end up working for the Russian government.
Rule Number Three (is), if we ask you to do us a favor, do it.
Rule Number Three (is), if we ask you to do us a favour, do it.
These banks have a high level of debt to their parent structures. Sanctions prevent these debts being paid.
Over the last 30 years, the stress has moved to studying World War II and Russia's participation in it.
The younger generation does not measure their lives by the events (of 1917). It is my generation, and the older generation, that measure it in this way.
It doesn't fit for the authorities. They are passing it from hand-to-hand like a hot potato.
In every way it was politically, culturally, artistically and geo-strategically world-shattering. It was a catastrophe for the Russian people. All they are interested in is the power of the state. There isn't actually any good story in 1917 for the promotion of the Russian state.
Only retrospectively it looks like a tragedy, the end of the Russian Empire. But if we look inside that year, we see that people perceived it as a year of hope, of creativity. 1917 was the year when history was made by Russian society.
There are people who consider our family to be beyond the pale.
Ildar again is arrested. His first picket (since his release), his first detention.
Big news today out of the Kremlin – I'm sorry, I misread that: White House. You know how there's all this smoke about the idea that Trump and his folks colluded with the Russians to influence the election, and the Trump people are saying, There's nothing to see here'? Well I spy with my little eye the attorney general of the United States. Things are getting serious because the White House staff has been told to preserve all Russia-related materials. So, you hear that Mr. President? Do not get that mattress steam-cleaned yet.
It is meaningless to comment on propaganda rants made by an opposition character who was convicted and who says he is already conducting some election campaign and is fighting against the government.
We gathered here to demand bringing of Boris Nemtsov's killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organizers and those who ordered it. We gathered here to demand political reforms and release of political prisoners.
We gathered here to demand bringing of Boris Nemtsov's killers to justice, not only its performers but also its organisers and those who ordered it. We gathered here to demand political reforms and release of political prisoners.
Trump's campaign slogan 'Make America great again', if that means nuclear supremacy, will return the world to the worst times of the arms race in the '50s and '60s. Are we entering a new era? In my view we need an answer to that question as soon as possible.
The presidential administration and various agencies responsible for elections try to gather together in one place all the problem issues before the elections.
From our side we are not conducting any such activity. At the moment we are not working on elections because it's a little bit early. We have not started preparations.
Specific dates of such a meeting... are not being considered at all.
We have yet enough time before the election campaign.
Acting "as if she were Mother Teresa. Please remember which country you represent. Remember your own country's track record.
He was a dear colleague of all of ours, a deeply-committed diplomat to his country and one of the finest people we have known.
There's nothing to talk about. How can Russia rent its own region from itself?
These (are) absurd accusations. ... We do not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries, including Montenegro.
What is better for us – to have them working in mines or shooting at our soldiers?
These aren't the documents of an officially recognized state. They are de facto issued on the territory.
It's an attempt to destabilize political situation in Ukraine.
Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper – seven pages – describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks. Trump is not living in a box – he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak. Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser – he must sort out his domestic problems first. It's a risky game.
People became different, compared to how they used to be. People felt that they could change something in this country. But unfortunately, there have not been enough changes over the past three years.
For me, this is another proof of Russian occupation as well as Russian violation of international law. We have once again received a powerful signal that the USA stands with Ukraine, that Ukraine is among the top priorities for the new US administration. The issue of Crimea and decisive struggle for the liberation of Crimea also remain among priorities.
This step completely negates the Minsk process.
"For me, this is another proof of Russian occupation as well as Russian violation of international law,"
No one has officially accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty. Russia was and remains committed to its international obligations, including those under the agreement you mentioned (INF).
"We never wore rose-tinted glasses, never had any illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed with,". "Only after they have a chance to have a detailed talk it would become clear where significant differences remain and where it's possible to find areas for cooperation,".
It is not the goal of Putin's foreign policy to become a new superpower or even to establish himself as the biggest dude on the block. The Kremlin sees its actions much more as defensive and responsive against moves encroaching on Russia's interests.
Russia has its own post-imperial trauma, like many countries in Europe. A key priority for the Kremlin is therefore to bring Russia back as an important player.
There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state, . We haven't been wearing rose-tinted glasses, we never harboured illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed in. There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state. It's not known when this will happen. And probably only after they talk will it be clear where significant differences remain and where it is possible to discover areas for cooperation.
"We never wore rose-tinted glasses, never had any illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed with."
Despite Trump's seeming single-mindedness over Putin any hope of significant rapprochement with Russia is well and truly dead – as the Kremlin at least appears to be recognising even if Trump himself does not.
We hope that sooner or later the process will start to resume a normal business relationship with Washington. We're losing time in terms of solving global problems. Because there are lots of problems which are of a sort that neither the United States nor Russia can solve them effectively alone.
"We will not accept any interference whatsoever in our electoral process, no more from Russia by the way than from any other state. This is a question of our democracy, our sovereignty, our national independence,"
Compliance with arms control agreements is of great importance and especially when it comes to treaties covering nuclear weapons. Any non-compliance of Russia with the INF Treaty would be a serious concern for the alliance.
It's a newspaper report which is not based on any facts.
"We're not surprised by anything anymore. This information once again proves that a very deep political game is playing out within the United States,"
The theme of returning Crimea will not be discussed ... Russia does not discuss its territorial integrity with foreign partners.
We're not surprised by anything anymore. This information once again proves that a very deep political game is playing out within the United States.
Let's wait for some first-hand words from the U.S. president. When people get elected by voters it's not merely for warm words and the ability to speak, but for concrete promises ... that will be fulfilled.
"Russia has been and remains committed to its international commitments, including to the treaty in question,". "Nobody has formally accused Russia of violating the treaty,".
It was not Flynn who was targeted but relations with Russia.
This infatuation with Trump in Russia is over, and Flynn as a person who has contributed to this infatuation stopped being perceived as a figure who can have a real impact on the U.S. foreign policy. It has led to a realization that if Flynn wanted to promote better ties with Russia, he would not have the real chance to.
"I have faith in him to lead our country in these difficult times,"
We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.
NATO has been dealing with a significant increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation since Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Such a call never took place and this was an obvious example of disinformation. We engaged with Sputnik, RT and others to correct, as there was a forest fire at some distance from the base, but with no connection to it.
"By joining our efforts, we could make a considerable contribution to settling these issues, including fighting international terrorism,"
I don't exclude that at a certain stage we may have a mutual interest to talk about those issues, but as of now I'm not seeing any basis for reaching agreement. If we have serious cooperation, it could help to start rebuilding trust.
"We agree about this priority,". "That's our position in Syria, the priority is to fight terrorism.". "If you want to start genuinely, as United States ... it must be through the Syrian government,". "We are here, we are the Syrians, we own this country as Syrians, nobody else, nobody would understand it like us.". "We invited the Russians, and the Russians were genuine regarding this issue. If the Americans are genuine, of course they are welcome, like any other country that wants to defeat and to fight with the terrorists. Of course, with no hesitation we can say that,".
"All these factors would lead to trust, where you can send your troops. That's what happened with the Russians; they didn't only send their troops,"
From our side the issue is being investigated. Initial information shows this was an accident ... and an undesired incident as a result of incorrect information, coordinates.
"Unfortunately, our military, while carrying out strikes on terrorists, was guided by coordinates given to them by our Turkish partners, and Turkish servicemen should not have been present on those coordinates,". "It was a lack of coordination in providing coordinates, that is how I would formulate it,".
It has been understood that closer coordination is required, both with the coalition and with Russia.
Unfortunately, our military, while carrying out strikes on terrorists, was guided by coordinates given to them by our Turkish partners, and Turkish servicemen should not have been present on those coordinates, and therefore these unintended strikes took place. It was a lack of coordination in providing coordinates, that is how I would formulate it.
What we have just seen is a telegram of sorts from the Kremlin, saying that they consider me, my team and people whose views I represent too dangerous to be allowed into the election campaign. We do not recognize this verdict, it will be overturned, and ... I have the right to run in the election. I will continue to represent the interests of those who want to see Russia as a normal, honest and corruption-free country.
This is not designed as propaganda or counter-propaganda. We do not intend to be involved in reacting to an agenda set by anyone, in Russia or elsewhere.
The Kremlin is demonstrating that he does not have a political future.
We consider comments of that kind made by Fox News' journalist unacceptable and offensive. And, frankly, we would like to receive an apology addressed to the president from such a respected network. This is a very unfortunate incident for the Fox company, at least in our eyes. We are not inclined to exaggerate this or to blow this out of proportion.
"This is a very unfortunate incident for the Fox company at least in our eyes,"
"We are not inclined to exaggerate this or to blow this out of proportion,"
But we are very kind and very patient. We are not inclined to exaggerate this or to blow this out of proportion. But in any case the insult that is voiced by a correspondent of a media outlet and subsequently passed over in silence by its chief editorial office characterizes these media negatively.
I'm working on that apology but it may take a little time. You might want to check in with me around ... 2023.
Russia has friendly partner-like relations with Iran, we cooperate on a wide range of issues, value our trade ties, and hope to develop them further. It's no secret for anyone that Moscow and Washington hold diametrically opposed views on many international issues. That should not be an obstacle when it comes to forging normal communication and pragmatic mutually-beneficial relations between Russia and the United States.
We would like to receive an apology from the president from this respected organization.
We express regret for this hostile stance of the minister. We are sure that such allegations are baseless.
Today we see a country that in weaponizing misinformation has created what we might now see as the post-truth age. Part of that is the use of cyber-weaponry to disrupt critical infrastructure and disable democratic machinery. Russia is clearly testing NATO and the West. It is seeking to expand its sphere of influence, destabilize countries and weaken the alliance. Therefore it is in our interest and Europe's to keep NATO strong and to deter and dissuade Russia from this course.
The European Commission with the help of nit-picking is impeding the implementation of this project, which is already practically agreed by the Hungarian and Russian sides. With its flagrant provocation in the area of Avdiyivka, Kiev wants to test the preparedness of the new (U.S.) administration.
We regret that as a result of this attack ... people were killed on both sides. Such aggressive actions supported by the armed forces of Ukraine undermine the aims and the task of realizing the Minsk accords.
(But) it's hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions). To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now. We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).
I know nothing about that.
I'm against lifting any sanctions on the Russians. These sanctions were imposed because of their behavior in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and now we know they've been messing around in our elections as well. If there's any country in the world that doesn't deserve sanctions relief, it's Russia.
Battery doesn't even involve grave bodily harm.
The authorities only see positives in domestic violence. Many people don't live to retirement age, [and] people destroy each other instead of criticising the authorities.
Contacts at the level of the administrations are not taking place at the moment, there haven't been any yet, such contacts are yet to be established. Routine diplomatic work is underway, our embassy in Washington is functioning, they are in constant contact with their counterparts in the State Department. One can hardly expect substantive contacts on the entire range of affairs from this call… Let us wait and see, let us be patient.
No, our American partners did not consult with us. It's a sovereign decision. It is important that this [plan] does not exacerbate the situation with refugees, but probably all the consequences ought to be weighed up. Contacts at the level of the administrations are not taking place at the moment, there haven't been any yet, such contacts are yet to be established.
It is important that this (the plan) does not exacerbate the situation with refugees, but probably all the consequences ought to be weighed up.
The State Duma is making a catastrophic mistake because even before (this new legislation), victims did not go to the police, they were told 'if he beats you it means he loves you', it's your fault', or 'don't wash your dirty linen in public. From now on the victim will be the one to blame.
It's very important for Putin and the Kremlin to form a leading role in the world because the domestic situation, the economy, is very poor. So that's why he badly needs to position Russia as a huge power with national interests everywhere including in the Middle East.
With my status, to humiliate myself and ask was a source of shame, but in the end they gave me a visa. I've already had two sessions of treatment in Milan.
Doctors who work at the TSKB (Central Clinical Hospital) believe that the level of professional training, the financing, the equipment, don't meet modern standards. A lot needs to be reformed there.
It was ideal healthcare.
There are special, elite projects for treating the highest echelons of officials, while there is a lack of quality treatment for ordinary people.
It cannot be seen as participation in the privatization. It has absolutely no connection to the privatization itself.
All these statements about preliminary agreements about a meeting do not correspond to reality. Right now there are no agreements, drafts or any preparations underway for a meeting because the president and Mr Trump have not discussed this in any way.
There have not been talks about a meeting yet.
He feels very strongly that the Putin Kremlin tore up the rule book and the convention by which intelligence agencies do not attack each other's personnel. He also feels passionately about what you'd call the Kremlin kleptocracy. He doesn't believe there is a business deal in the past 10 years that has been legit.
I do not work in intelligence agency. I work in Kremlin. But I can assure you that the allegations in this funny paper, in this so-called report, they are untrue. They are all fake.
Moscow is genuinely hoping that our presidents will get along. At least Trump has spoken of his readiness for dialogue. This doesn't mean there's a readiness to agree about everything with each other. That is hardly possible and Moscow isn't expecting that, but dialogue is grounds for hope and could help us find a way out of many complex situations.
I just think it's strange. At a time when our intelligence agencies are very confident and basically have confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC and other political interests, and then we have, while I'm on the floor of the House, talking about Trump and Russia, I get interfered with and interrupted by Russia Today. It's strange. It's odd.
Moscow hopes that our presidents will get along well.
This is an evident attempt to harm our bilateral ties. The Kremlin does not engage in collecting compromising information. We should treat it with humour, but there is a sad side to it, too. There are people who are whipping up this frenzy, who are doing their best to keep this witch hunt going.
Concerning me, there is not a single word of truth in this so-called report. Such gaffes lead me to believe that either the report was compiled by provocateurs who have no information and just make it up by putting in the names of real people – or U.S. intelligence should all hand in their resignations in the light of such poor quality of their work.
It is an attempt to damage our bilateral relations. It is pulp fiction. You have to react to this with a certain humor, but there's also a sad side to this. Hysteria is being whipped up to maintain a political witch hunt.
He said it was 'total garbage and I'm keeping it clean.
This is just another attempt to derail relations between Russia and the U.S. Trump has earned an honest living in the U.S. and no one will be able to find fault with him. He has never been involved in any dubious dealings, and we do not have anything bad on him.
We understand that Tillerson will continue to be quite tough in pursuing his line.
The new standard that was created over the summer and fall regarding the investigation into secretary Clinton's email server was that there was a unique public interest in the transparency of that issue. Particularly given the findings of your report, I'm not sure I can think of an issue of more serious public interest than this one. This committee needs to understand what the FBI does and does not know about campaign communications with Russia.
We are observing a serious fatigue with these accusations. It truly is reminiscent of a witch-hunt. You know, that version of the report that was made public added no substance whatsoever that we can comment on. Groundless accusations which are not supported by anything are being rehearsed in an amateurish, unprofessional way. We don't know what information they are actually relying on.
But something has happened in the Kremlin. They understand that they cannot be the same old czarist and communist plutocrats that they were.
That he would accept the transparently self-serving denials of the Kremlin is alarming enough, but that would now cite people like Assange who have demonstrated universal hostility to the United States and its interests takes him into new and even more treacherous territory.
Moreover, I am inviting all children of U.S. diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties at the Kremlin.
The US sanctions against Russia and the expulsion of 35 diplomats in 72 hours are the signs of a real paranoia. Without any grounds for it another round of extremely aggressive steps towards our country are being made basing only on mere assertions.
It's possible to penetrate any facility. It depends on your skills.
Delete earlier versions of the program.
For them to use this on the battlefield, they need a closely integrated connection. It's exactly the mission of the GRU ... We think this is very convincing evidence that links the two [Fancy Bear and the GRU] together.
We're not wearing rose-tinted glasses, we have no illusions about any breakthroughs but hope for a more constructive approach.
There is some speculation about why he wasn't captured alive. Look what happened in Besiktas when they tried to capture an attacker alive. There is no reason to hide that he's a member of the FETO network. All his connections, from where he was educated to his links, point to FETO.
We should not rush with any theories before the investigators establish who were behind the assassination of our ambassador.
We regret that Washington is continuing on this destructive path. Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen. We don't communicate with one another, or (if we do) we do so minimally. Everyone's heads are aching because of work and with projects and nobody is thinking or talking about elections.
We regret that Washington is continuing on this destructive path. We believe this damages bilateral relations ... Russia will take commensurate measures.
It's time to either stop talking about [these claims] or present some evidence. Otherwise, it looks unseemly.
For years now, the Kremlin has looked for ways to disrupt democracies, to help the people that they like to come to power and to undermine the credibility of the democratic process.
If you want it to be effective, if you want to shame Putin from doing this again, I think you have to go big on this. And big as in show you're work.
I don't think anybody thinks that you're wrong. Our position right now is that we're waiting for more information…we reject the notion that people would cyberattack our institutions…We are very upset about it.
It's not the general public who's being manipulated. The general public nowadays can distinguish the truth. It's the mass media that is manipulating themselves.
If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House waite [sic] so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?
The potential in our relations is so rich, and the desire is so great to develop our relations to the level where they meet their potential, that we don't want to concentrate on one issue but on the wider substance ... of our relations.
It's time for us to choose not only a person at elections. It's time to choose between stagnation and a program of development.
Now everything that happens in the process going forward won't happen in a vacuum, but will be an answer (to Navalny's presidential bid).
We want to get out of the crisis state (of our relations), which does not satisfy neither the Russian nor the American side.
It's widely known that the elected president of the United States has publicly called for the normalization of the Russian-American relationship. We cannot but support this. We understand it will not be a simple task considering the extent of degradation of the Russian-American relationship. But we are prepared to do our bit.
The absence of a peace treaty between Russia and Japan is an anachronism inherited from the past and this anachronism should be eliminated. But how to do this is a difficult question.
As part of his duties as head of one of the biggest oil companies, he had contacts with our representatives. The president received him several times. He fulfils his tasks rather professionally.
They had working meetings. Indeed, the president received Mr. Tillerson several times. As for assertions about whether he will treat the Russian Federation well or badly, there is a big difference between being secretary of state and being head of a company, albeit a large one.
The threat of losing Palmyra is a loss for all civilized humankind, not just for Russia.
I think it's ridiculous. I think it's just another excuse. I don't believe it. I don't know why and I think it's just -- you know, they talked about all sorts of things. Every week it's another excuse. We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College. No I don't believe that at all.
Given President-elect Trump's disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next month.
That is the biggest privatization deal, the biggest sale and acquisition in the world's oil and gas sector in 2016.
Given the very difficult economic circumstances and the extremely tight deadlines for this kind of project, I can report to you that we were able to land this deal thanks to your personal contribution, your support.
We regret that the world community, including our partners in the United States, are reacting very modestly to the tragedy that unfolded with the attack on the field hospital.
The statement was indeed news, this is a very serious statement. [It] is in discord with the previous [statements] in general and with our understanding of the situation. We hope that in the near future there will be explanations on this from our Turkish partners.
In the Kremlin, we wouldn't want to see any actions by the Ukrainian side that breached international law and that might create dangerous conditions for international flights over the territory of Russia and adjacent regions.
We will continue to strengthen the defense capability of our nation and continue missile tests and training.
We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror.
Without doubt, there are grounds for this (deploying the missiles), but at the same time from our point of view, it should not in any way influence the centripetal trend which exists in our bilateral relations with Tokyo.
They are the citizens of the Russian Federation. In this case, this is the main thing.
The commission was postponed as the agenda is still being worked out. Work with Russian oil companies is being regularly carried out by the energy ministry. There are no separate meetings scheduled by the president.
The arrest of Mr. Ulyukayev can hardly be associated in any way with changes in economic policy.
This is a one-year period, but it does show a positive trend.
There are no such concerns.
We heard [Trump's] campaign rhetoric while [he was] still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States. [I look forward to] building a constructive dialog between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other's positions, [when it] meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.
They (Putin and Trump) set out the same main foreign policy principles and that is incredible. It is phenomenal how close they are to one another when it comes to their conceptual approach to foreign policy. And that is probably a good basis for our moderate optimism that they will at least be able to start a dialogue to start to clear out the Augean stables in our bilateral relations.
An atmosphere of mutual trust takes years to achieve. It's not possible to just declare that there is an atmosphere of mutual trust, especially after such serious damage was done in the last few years to our relations.
I believe that Trump is a practical man; he will lift sanctions on Russia that are harmful to US business,'' Mr Putin aide Sergei Glazyev told the state news agency ITAR Tass. I don't see the US dropping sanctions ahead of the Europeans ... and Europe doesn't seem to be in any mood to drop sanctions any time soon.
Trump's approach has a better chance of succeeding, and certainly an approach that is overly loaded with morals and values does not get you anywhere with the Kremlin.
We will continue to cooperate with Russia because, at this particular phase of the process, we have gathered evidence to indicate that those behind this criminal group are nationalists from Russia, Russian citizens.
The (Russian) president deems a regime when Russian air forces don't carry out strikes on eastern Aleppo as reasonable if militants don't start combat action.
There is no such issue on the agenda, as such. There are no discussions about that in the Kremlin.
It's rather hard to feel sympathy for a person who raises hell on your country and everyone in it.
The Russian media is always one step ahead.
[Seagal] has been insistent for a long time in asking to be granted Russian citizenship… At the same time, he is a rather well-known actor, which became the reason for granting him Russian Federation citizenship.
As an organization, along with others, that has criticized the Russian authorities, it is possible this fits into the context of the squeeze on civil society. It is equally possible, however, that this is a genuine administrative mix-up, or that other interests are at play within the municipality. At this stage I do not want to speculate until we have had the opportunity to try to resolve this with the municipal authorities.
This bizarre claim is simply not true. Amnesty International received no advance notice about this and we have documents proving our rent for the property has been paid up to and including October.
Americans have every right to be concerned about what they see in terms of Trump advisors and their closeness with the Kremlin, Trump's policies vis-a-vis Russia, Trump's potential financial interest, all of those things ought to be of deep concern to voters.
In rejecting Russia's bid for re-election to the Human Rights Council, U.N. member states have sent a strong message to the Kremlin about its support for a regime that has perpetrated so much atrocity in Syria. Next year, U.N. member states should make sure that all regional groups have real competition so no one is guaranteed victory.
We'll do whatever is necessary to keep our national interests safe.
Don't speak to terrorists – you have to kill terrorists.
We're still quite a strong country that is capable of preserving its own national interests.
Some countries are trying to play with the devil and use terrorists to get rid of [Syrian President Bashar al] Assad, and some just say thoughtlessly that Assad must leave. If Damascus falls and terrorists take hold there, there will be no political settlement then.
A temporary base is not a goal, it's a means to achieve the goal that was declared by the president - to help legitimate Syrian authorities in their fight with ISIS (Daesh) and other terrorist organizations. The Syrian territory must be liberated.
There are plenty of instruments already there to control the skies and the security of our infrastructure in Syria.
It's mean and cynical to ... watch the Nusra block the delivery of food and medicines to civilians while blaming Russia for the humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo.
The territory of Syria must be liberated. It must be liberated and everything must be done to prevent the country's breakup, which could have catastrophic consequences for the entire region.
Unfortunately, the information that we receive, it does not give us the opportunity to be careless optimists. It is clear that the world community still has very long and hard work ahead.
Why did they do this? So that a nasty taste stayed behind.
It's a clear objective ...that the governor is set, and local party officials demand the accumulation of financial resources.
One of the criteria for judging a governor in his region is the level of support for the ruling party. If the governor does not get the required result for United Russia, that will be remembered.
It's common practice.
The reason for the conflict with Belykh was political.
I wanted to say to him: 'Don't do it, don't take it.
For them (party bosses) it's important to create some kind of positive atmosphere before the vote.
To begin with, he (the duty officer) didn't believe his eyes. Then he rang upstairs to someone, and an excited crowd of generals... arrived at the duty officer's post.
I had no choice. I understood that this rampage will never end, so I went to the FSB.
I want to remind you of President Putin's words that he is ready to welcome any candidates who stand for improving relations and dialogue between our countries. Moscow is ready to react positively to any attempt for dialogue.
Russia now expects its partners ... to take the baton and assist this humanitarian operation, to make sure the bandits leave Aleppo, especially its eastern part, in order for a real process of separation of the so-called moderate opposition from terrorist groups to begin.
Probably the British foreign minister is aware of the Vienna Convention and that Great Britain is duty-bound to take responsibility for the safety of Russian diplomatic missions on its territory.
The president has decided to cancel this visit. From the very start of his exchanges with his French colleague, President Putin noted that he is ready to visit Paris when it is comfortable for President Hollande. So we'll wait for when that comfortable time comes.
The buyback is only one possibility. I don't want to discuss it because it has not yet been fully decided.
The main objective is to quickly raise money for this year's budget.
Of course we would like our country to be mentioned only positively, but to our regret we know that the Russian card and mentioning our president have practically become an inseparable part of America's election campaign.
First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or were in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment. The data is clear-cut... there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere.
It's a possible scenario.
Our state is always destroyed from the top and from inside.
Putin is a hostage of his own popularity.
Once all preparatory work has been finalized, we will issue a relevant statement.
Terrorists are using a ceasefire to regroup their forces, to replenish their arsenals, for obvious preparations for waging offensives. Because there has been no separation of moderates from terrorists, terrorists continue their encroachments, they continue offensives ... Naturally the fight against terrorists is ongoing, it must not be stopped.
Regrettably ... the ceasefire regime has not been effective enough to date. But nonetheless Moscow is not losing hope - and what is more important, not losing political will to spare no effort for achieving a steady process of political settlement in Syria. (But) so far it's been very hard.
The Kremlin views the situation as extremely complicated. We are chiefly concerned that ... terrorists are using a ceasefire to regroup their forces, to replenish their arsenals, for obvious preparations for waging offensives.
The question now is if the job cuts Volodin down to size or he adds political weight to the speaker's job.
As soon as we leave this time of uncertainty, I think that we are again quite ready to raise the question of the full privatization of VTB, which is quite possible, but I don't think today the conditions for this are very good.
The central bank promised further rate cuts next year and I think there was a very good reason for this because we see inflation going down … I think there is a good reason why the central bank should continue to cut down the interest rate.
Sanctions (are) not something which is related to the bank. It is something that is related to geopolitics and at the moment I don't see too much changes in the geopolitics ... and with the American elections coming I think we will have to wait a little bit longer to see any improvement in the relationship between Russia and the United States for example.
He is very much dedicated to his job. He really wants to change Russia. And I don't think that earning the private wealth is something among his priorities in life … nobody ever saw this billion or even millions of Putin's money.
For oil … we don't expect any further drastic cuts of prices to $20 or $30 or some such awful scenarios and also we see the increase in some such as coal, particularly coke, and some other important commodities of Russian export and Russian production. The negative growth of the economy doesn't encourage enterprises to invest more money and to borrow more money … but … we see a lot of growth of profitability for the bank.
The negative growth of the economy doesn't encourage enterprises to invest more money and to borrow more money … but … we see a lot of growth of profitability for the bank.
As far as Europe is concerned, yes, there is a different opinion among members with regards to sanctions, but I don't know, it is very hard for me to predict (for how long sanctions will last). For the moment, we perceive … the sanctions will stay for another year or so.
I don't believe that Mr. Putin has 2 billion, because even if he wanted to have, I don't know how he is going to spend them. I think those people are doomed for the rest of their life to live a life where everybody will be screening them or watching them and I don't think he is that kind of person.
The situation in Syria is a source of great concern.
Putin "once again received a massive vote of confidence from the country's people.
Maybe the results are related to what you say. But we see the same four parties in the Duma, but the numbers have changed, we have the seen the Communists lose ground and Zhirinovsky's party make headway.
I think we can boldly say that our party won. It is a good result.
Mutual recriminations are being made.
In general, we can still state that the (ceasefire) process is moving forward, despite some setbacks.
Some newcomers are likely to enter parliament, but the chamber will continue to be dominated by pro-Kremlin parties. Significant personal changes to the top economic team are also unlikely. While this will produce policy continuity, no material improvement in the outlook for structural reforms is expected after the vote.
Trump "has generally parroted what is a Putin-Kremlin line.
Putin sent a clear and unequivocal signal: we are interested in the restoration of our relations, we are interested in renewal of talks in all spheres, including the most sensitive ones.
I think, we will eventually implement it. At least, its first part, related to expanding of transport capabilities and increasing supplies to the Turkish domestic market, but also with the possibility to transport to European partners, if they wish to, and if the European Commission will support it.
Our life here is to get up in the morning. That is something in itself. Nobody knows what will happen next. Now it is quiet. We are resting. But usually we can't get out because there is fighting. Kids don't leave their homes. They are afraid.
To be able to form a fraction in the Duma (parliament) we will have to win 10-15 percent of all votes. The authorities would disregard the real result for PARNAS and 'write in' a new lower result that would keep its support around the 5 percent mark.
We need to win a lot more votes than can be falsified.
Systematically, for many years, he has been receiving corrupt, black money from (Viktor Yanukovych's) Party of Regions. We have obtained documents that unfortunately can't be shown because it's a secret investigation.
Putin appears to be reformatting the elite basis of the regime. He has elevated new people such as Zolotov and reorganized the security services, which Ivanov may not have supported.
Russia has a record of frequently levying false accusations at Ukraine to deflect attention from its own illegal actions.
We said and repeated multiple times what is in our view the main hindrance. It is the question of separating moderate opposition from the terrorists. This is the core problem now, and I cannot give you further details.
Clearly, the Kremlin feels it should and can insert itself into domestic politics in other countries in much the same way it believes the United States and Europe insert themselves into Russian politics. In their view, it is fair play. They have seen the West involving itself in politics in Ukraine and other former parts of the Soviet space and feel they should be able to pretty much do the same thing.
Moscow scrupulously avoids any actions, any statements that could be interpreted as direct or indirect interference into electoral processes.
Russia has the capabilities, and the timing also provides a motivation. The Kremlin strongly believes the U.S. government has been behind similar efforts against Russia – a la the Ukraine and Georgia revolutions.
This will be the first meeting after that collapse in our relations, the first one after the leaders of the two nations turned over that page. Therefore, it's possible to say with confidence they won't lack topics for discussion.
We need literally in the next couple of hours and days to do this work with the international federations on each individual athlete. So that the international federations can present such lists.
Of course it's better to succeed in sport without doping….But whether that's possible nowadays – that's the question.
Once we have received these proposals from the original source and not from a newspaper, then we will be able to say something.
Such discussions are not taking place in the Kremlin and are not agreed with the Kremlin.
I feel absolutely terrible this is happening to Turkey. Everyone that we've come across here has just been so gentle and nice and I think it is devastating for the economy and for tourism here.
We were really shocked to find out about the attack. But in general, it will not effect our time in Istanbul because I can see walking around the city there are a lot of police and security and in general we feel very safe.
Solving these issues allowed us to return to the normal format. Turkish foreign policy is not going through a grand revision.
I would like to send my condolences to the family of the Russian pilot who lost his life and express one more time that I share their pain; may they excuse us. I believe that we will leave behind this current situation, which is to the detriment of both countries, and rapidly normalize our relations.
I share their pain with all my heart. We are ready to take any incentive to help ease the pain and the burden of inflicted damage.
We are pleased to announce that Turkey and Russia have agreed to take necessary steps without delay to improve bilateral relations.
In the letter, the president stated that he would like to inform the family of the deceased Russian pilot that I share their pain and to offer my condolences to them. May they excuse us.
I would not draw the conclusion that Russia is about ready to take over the nuclear universe.
As Russia's gas card is losing its strength, it tries to play the electricity card.
The Russians are increasingly viewing their energy fuels and technologies as a lever for foreign policy.
Rosatom likes to sign MOUs everywhere, they like one every few months, for the photo opportunity.
Rosatom is pretty good at announcing $100 billion euros of orders in 25 countries, but not an awful lot of these are firm contracts, they are just bits of paper.
The work under this agreement hadn't started at all, because in the beginning of 2014, as we all know, there was a crisis in bilateral relations, the introduction of sanctions, and later the State Department of the USA on their website said they had no intention of developing this kind of cooperation. De facto this was a dormant treaty that never really took off.
I would like to state my position once again. The rich people in Russia have never had any real power, compared to the power of Kremlin. The Kremlin of Yeltsin, the Kremlin of Putin defines the political behaviour of the country. We have a saying that roughly translates as 'the strength of steel decides more than gold'. This is how it works in Russia.
I have no information which would help me to come up with serious charges against a concrete person. But what is obvious, is that this atmosphere of hatred, the atmosphere of looking for enemies, for the 'fifth column', which is the result and, in a way, the core of the internal politics of the present Kremlin administration, has led to these consequences. There's no doubt about it. The political responsibility is without a doubt on Putin. Whether his direct order is behind it, or somebody from his circle, we'll learn with time only, I hope.
Listen, 10 years of my life I spent in a prison barrack. I was stabbed with a knife and I could've been killed any day with a very simple order from the Kremlin. Wherever I am today, I feel much safer than then, so I just don't think about it.
"I won't let you who sit in these seats forget about those boys who laid down their lives for Ukraine and continue to die for their country,"
I won't let you who sit in these seats forget about those boys who laid down their lives for Ukraine and continue to die for their country.
The return of our guys to Moscow and the pardoning of Savchenko and her return to Kiev can hardly be considered as something that is able to significantly change the current atmosphere, which of course we would like to see as more constructive.
We were in correspondence with him (Elton John) a couple of weeks ago, because there had been an agreement that, if their schedules allow, this meeting would take place. President Putin expressed readiness for this meeting. But this time, the meeting won't take place, unfortunately. Their schedules do not match up. But this does not mean that such a meeting won't take place next time.
As you know, Russia from day one stood in solidarity with the international campaign in your support, for your liberation and your return to your motherland. We had been consistently pressing (for your release), including in our contacts with the Americans, and we are glad that in the long run our participation in your release turned out to be useful and yielded results.
I want to be a friend with everyone. And I want to be a friend with Russia. I love Tchaikovsky and his music, and I love Dostoyevsky and his writings. I love Russian culture. We love Russian people. But we cannot agree – as proven democrats – when Kremlin today is violating international law and international order. We cannot agree with frozen conflicts.
It's obvious that the intention, the main target, of this attack, was in the first place against our country, and against President Putin himself.
Vladimir Putin is directly caught up in this. the $2 billion could be "a tiny fraction of how much the Kremlin has actually been laundering.
The main target of this disinformation is our president, especially in the context of the upcoming parliamentary elections and in the context of a longer-term perspective - I mean presidential elections in two years.
They all lie, no one wants to do anything. Why do they grab our fields? We are the owners and they want to take our land. They have people who decided to work for them – so let them work together. We have nothing to do with it, we have been renting out our lands to other farmers for three years already.
Such a meeting cannot be excluded, if there are precise dates of his (John's) stay here and if the president's working schedule allows it.
Well, I don't have to clarify it. The question was do you respect him -- he's a head of a major country. First of all, he says he didn't do it. Many people say it wasn't him. So who knows who did it?
They are both open-minded, pragmatic, and say what they think.
First of all, he says he didn't do it. Many people say it wasn't him. So who knows who did it?
For the last two years all we heard from Western newspapers and TV was very critical of Russia. So when you hear something that is not so critical and even more friendly towards your country it's like: 'Thank God, There's one person we can talk to: Donald Trump'.
The Kremlin can't believe its luck. President Obama and (Secretary of State) John Kerry were a dream team for them, but now they have an even better option; someone who thinks that America should have nothing to do with the rest of the world.
Trump is the first member of the American elite in 20 years who compliments Russia. Trump will smash America as we know it, we've got nothing to lose. Do we want the grandmother Hillary? No. Maybe it's time to help the old brigand.
Trump doesn't suit the Republican party. They usually divide up the state budget (among themselves) by frightening people about Russia. But Trump is ready to find a common language with Putin. That's why they don't need Trump and even regard him as dangerous.
Slogans aren't a strategy; loose cannons tend to misfire. If Mr. Trump gets his way, it will be like Christmas in the Kremlin. It will make America less safe and the world more dangerous.
We know that Putin and the Kremlin are feeling some pressure from Western leaders. We are counting on the fact that under this pressure Putin will free Nadia after the verdict – to serve her sentence in Ukraine. Or according to the Minsk agreements that all of our prisoners of war will be exchanged for theirs and Nadia could be exchanged in priority for those Russians who are held captive in Ukraine.
Our attitude is negative. It's an open secret for us that demonising Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America's election campaign. We always sincerely regret this and wish the electoral process was conducted without such references to our country.
I want to thank you on behalf of myself for your work in this direction.
We've seen reports …and I'm not in a position to confirm the veracity of them. Obviously, we're looking into it as best we can with partners in the region. And certainly, if it's true it would be extremely serious.
We definitely don't expect a reply from the Kremlin, because the Kremlin chose to keep silent on this case and was silent since early December when this report was published; but we and everyone in Russia very much enjoyed a very artistic response that prosecutor general Chaika himself wrote via the newspaper 'Kommersant' in reply to Navalny's report, where he went on to call up all these crazy accusations by saying that the report was founded by Bill Browder (William Felix Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and critic of Vladimir Putin), controlled by the CIA.
The Kremlin dreams of putting me in prison, but clearly the public opinion won't allow them to do so. So, first of all, I would like to thank the public, the people who won't let the Kremlin achieve its aims.
What she's done is an extraordinary achievement. For the past 40 years she's been exploring the soul of the Soviet individual and the post-Soviet individual. That would have been enough but on top of that she's devised a whole new literary genre, one that transcends conventional journalistic formats.
History teaches us that peace in our world doesn't happen on its own. Once again today we face unparalleled cruelty and violence. Terrorism has become a global menace and we must beat it. Russia is ready to use its power with other states to create an international security system outside the traditional blocks.
The current situation is not very simple, not to say difficult. The change in the rouble's exchange rate improves the cost competitiveness of Russian products and opens the door to possibilities of taking control of new niches in both national and international markets. But we should keep in mind, this is time limited. That's why we must take advantage as soon as possible to increase non-energy exports and to develop our own market.
He seemed to me to be honest, open, a wonderful person, reckless, joyful, beautiful. Yes, it's a great tragedy that he's gone.
I did not like him as a figure, I can say that openly. But the fact that he was killed, and killed in such a way and in such a place – I think it's really a shot in the back of civil society.
I'm really grieving for Boris. I knew him personally and worked as his volunteer assistant. Now that's all in the past tense, unfortunately. For me it's a great tragedy.
The people were in a procession and those who died were at the front. They had just started to move forward and had moved around 10 metres when the blast happened. There was one explosion and it seems to me it detonated near the roadside, on the pavement. But it's difficult to say whether the explosive device was thrown or somebody left it and escaped.
Our opponents, our enemies, have tried to destabilise the situation in the country. As you know there was an act of terrorism in Kharkiv, and our special security services were able to prevent an act of terrorism in Odessa.
This new Minsk agreement is almost identical to the one signed in September. However, previous arrangements existed only on paper. There is a hope that this time, because of the Russian leader's participation, the agreement will finally work.
Now it's a tactical move. Because of the threat of a new phase of sanctions against Russia the Russian economy may survive, they have big gold and foreign currency reserves, but social unrest in the country may become a second front against the Kremlin, and Putin certainly cares about that.
Every day, around 40 or 50 wounded guys are brought in, two, three or more of them seriously. We also get about 10 or more civilians a day.
There is no other way for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We will never go back to the past.
The agreement on the Black Sea fleet is one part of the bilateral treaty. The second part contains the mutual recognition of borders. Any attempt to revise the treaty would be fatal.
We hear now that the deaths of some victims could be justified by some higher state reasons. But I am sure that neither the development of the country nor its success and ambitions could be achieved by paying the price with human suffering and loss. We can't value anything more than human life and we can't excuse the repressions.
Stalin should never be rehabilitated. If we do rehabilitate him, it would be our biggest national shame. If we do it, we will betray the millions of people who went to the cemeteries before their time had come.
I will build my party from scratch together with those who share my values, with our citizens who want change, and in accordance with my programme, my platform which will be constantly expanded by new ideas submitted by citizens. Moreover, I want to build a party on a completely new basis – citizens will submit their ideas to leaders and heads of teams who will tackle those different issues. We have to use this grassroots activism – not a single party in Russia does that, and we want to build exactly that kind of party.
I wouldn't accept any post at all in the current system because its' a monopoly. Even Prime-Minister is a purely technical post as a proxy for the Kremlin. So I will create my own party.
I can't even contemplate such a scenario. If it comes to a runoff, I will be the second candidate.
On this point I categorically disagree with you. We live in a very dynamic world. Our society has woken up. Politics is on everybody's mind. And the last two weeks of the campaign could reveal some serious surprises.
Not necessarily. Firstly, there's an election virtually every month, every year in the regions and we can take all of them. And, after all, I don't think that the state of Duma will last that long in the current climate of political mistrust from our citizens.
The citizen must be a foundation of all State policies. And these policies shouldn't serve the interests of the State, but the State should serve the citizen. Secondly – I believe we must create a single market with Europe. Russia without Europe – and vice versa – can't compete in a new globalised world. It's absolutely impossible. And finally, I strongly believe that only a true manager with extensive experience in running large systems can lead our country into the new competent field.
It will be an efficient party. There are challenges that our country is evidently facing, and they have to be dealt with in an efficient way. Those efficient ways are presented in my programme, and let the citizens decide whether they think it's a right-wing, left-wing or centrist party. I always start with the task at hand. And our task is: how to make our citizens rich, successful, free and ready to link their destiny and destiny of their children to Russia.
Everybody needs to develop. Those who stop, go into retirement. And when you understand that in business you have already achieved certain results and can't help your country any more, you start to think of other ways of doing so. This was why I looked into politics. It's right here that I can make our country better.
The special service, which can do anything with total disregard for the law, which can kill and hire special units to carry out its criminal activities, has its own interests in the case.
The idea to organise the demonstrations on the 31st of the month here in the capital is an attempt to make a tradition of peaceful gatherings to allow citizens the chance to defend the Russian constitution.
Working with Russia and other CFE signatories, we will make every effort to address Russian concerns seriously and creatively.
According to the constitution, we have a right to assemble. We don't need permission or notification. But it is always forbidden.
Are you not ashamed of what you are doing? Why are you putting him (my brother Oleg) in jail? To punish me even more severely?
Aren't you ashamed? Why are you putting my brother in prison? To punish me even harder? How disgusting!
In Milan it's another day of bilateral and multilateral talks. Putin and Poroshenko's positions remain different. Perhaps another day with no solution to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.
This was a bankruptcy procedure, as a result there are these kind of discount prices, these prices can happen. But in this case we think the price was normal, it was a real price.
From February, sharply higher oil prices meant companies maximized their earnings by exporting most of their fuel production. Now – after this government intervention – all Russian oil companies' production will go to the domestic market.
If somebody touched polonium, for example if they got it on their hand, the risk would be relatively small, because the radiation generally doesn't go through the skin, the skin is an effective barrier.
As the leader of the state. I can declare to every country that would like to attack Israel, we shall continue to take all possible measures to defend ourselves.
Slowing economic growth is a reality that the central bank will need to consider.
I would say the policy of keeping inflation under control should continue, but that has to take into account new challenges, new trends in our economy as a whole.
We will try to build a strategy on maximum openness and publicity. Journalists and the general public should pay more attention to this case. We promise that during the trial we will present evidence of Khodorkovsky's innocence. It will be a very interesting and lively process.
While celebrations on the results of referendum are underway in Crimea, in the main square of Donetsk, where a brutal clash took place just a few days ago, it is practically empty. No slogans or music here tonight.
The tragic consequences of these events led to a terrorist attack in Algeria which took the lives of civilians, including foreigners.
You never know who's swimming naked until the tide goes out.
A modern, progressive portion of society backed Prokhorov despite the view of some that he, in fact, has very close ties to the Kremlin.
My voice has not been counted.
I'm amazed at what happened today. I'm amazed that …. again, my position is very simple, my understanding is very simple, all the evidence that Abramovich presented in court was lies. Everything. Starting from the fact that we haven't been partners. It's well known in the business community, in all the business community.
Forecasters are expecting the floods to peak on Sunday. But that doesn't mean that as soon as it reaches its peak it will start to fall. It will stay around for a while.
What is happening , while ugly, is similar to the way Khodorkovsky treated small shareholders when he built his empire in the 1990's. The only difference is that this time it is a different group of people abusing the law.
Our investigation has led us to conclude that only people living abroad could be interested in killing her – those are the forces interested in destabilising the country.
We're in court to say what we think should be said and to defend our legal position. If the Supreme Court doesn't like it, that doesn't mean the verdict should be overturned. But that's life. On the day the verdict was announced we said this would happen.
The case will go back to the court for a re-trial. There'll be a new judge, and a new jury.
Whoever has the support of the Kremlin! That is to say… I mean… all that anyone can hope is for one chance in a million that people have had enough of all that's going on, and that they take to the streets like in Ukraine or Georgia. But that's really unlikely.
After I heard the Pentagon Chief said Russia supplied chemical weapons to Syria, then he corrected himself saying it was not chemical weapons, but the means for their development and production. This, I apologise if I lose my temper, is rubbish, sheer rubbish.
I've not heard anyone say to me that this hasn't been a chemical attack. I've been talking with different countries, some of them may take different view of who the perpetrator was, but nobody is arguing the question.
We have managed to destroy the main Kremlin idea that no one ever can lead an election campaign and gather more than three percent (of votes) without the Kremlin's money and the Kremlin's television.
Moscow is living through a renaissance now, including the restoration of historic buildings.
The political system Putin built had to be risk- averse. It had to be virtually a political monopoly with no uncertainty, with no surprises. I think one of Alexei Navalny's achievements is that he has managed to force authority to allow an element of uncertainty in Russian politics.
The charges are the imagination of a sick mind. I want to stress once more that I have had no contact with any western special services, with Georgian intelligence, I haven't received any instructions nor money from them nor could I , since although we are the opposition, we use peaceful methods and we do not support violence and bloodshed.
We are always told that Russia is using its … economic resources to achieve its foreign policy aims. This is not the case.
And that's optimistic.
I expect a sharp ideological turn now towards much more hawkish reporting under the even closer eye of the Kremlin and directed at the West.
I think that it was a strong symbol which was shown exactly at the time, which shows that for the Soviet empire there was no way to stay. It was clear.
I think it is needless to explain that what happened is only aimed at limiting my ability to continue an anti-corruption investigation.
I would advise you not to worry. It will be included, it will be legally attached so there will be no problem.
Due to the fact that the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will take place in Sochi, there is huge money that should be spent, regardless of the economic crisis … That's why I would say that by no means it's possible – and it could be possible – to imagine that the Kremlin will let anybody else except for the candidate backed by him to become the mayor of Sochi.
We came to say a definite 'no' to the crooks and thieves. We came to do everything to stop repression. We came to do everything, to have new, honest elections. We will win in any case, there are many of us. They interfere, they try to scare us, but none of it has worked.
He repeatedly said that the entire world has embraced this initiative but also President Putin and Foreign Minister Lavrov have supported it. I double checked and I'm authorised to say that it is not true. It's premature to talk about our support.
Russia is due to have the next presidential elections in 2012 and I think everyone should carry out his duties in his job until then. It is not worth bothering now about what may happen in 2012. We must wait and see.
Every citizen has the right to assistance from his lawyer from the moment he's arrested. The detention happened between 8.30 and 9pm yesterday evening. I haven't been allowed to see him since.
In this trial, they don't question the witnesses, and don't accept evidence, they aren't accepting video or audio recordings, photos, and so on. So it's hard to even call this a trial.
[From the central bank's statement] we see it will focus on the more long-term effects of the food import ban, up till now it had only been thought there would be short-term effects. But if the risks are prolonged, or if new risks appear connected to the introduction of new sanctions, and with the geopolitical situation worsening, we can't exclude that the central bank's would take tough monetary policy measures and that interest rates would be raised again.
I'm grateful to all those who supported us, to those who came to Moscow's Manezh Square and other squares last night.
In our country for the first time after the reading of a verdict, people took to the streets not just in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but in many other cities. This is the first time in our history. This has never happened before.
Now we can say for sure that there are no nuclear threats or risks of radioactive contamination. No ecological threats or explosions on the Sarov territory, even if the fire gets into the city, even if that happens there are no such risks of any kind.
Our strategy for the parliamentary elections was to vote for any party but against the party of swindlers and thieves. Now the party of swindlers and thieves is nominating its chief swindler and thief for president. Naturally, we need to vote against him, to fight against him.
We do think that the risk is very low but we always prefer to be safe and precautionary rather than take any risk with the public.
The police are continuing with an extensive examination of CCTV footage to trace possible witnesses, to examine Mr Litvinenko's movements at relevant times including when he first became ill and to identify people he may have met.
We must be vigilant, these attacks are always well-planned and aimed at targeting as many people as possible. These people want to provoke political and social unrest.
We expected a conviction. This verdict was not taken in the court, nor was it taken by the judge. It comes from above. This conviction is a political decision by the Kremlin, by Vladimir Putin.
All sorts of things were happening with absentee voting. Cruise voting' on buses the same group voting at various polling stations.
It's a two-track reaction. Some of the surface reactions were fairly predictable. For example, the Kremlin checked the readiness of its troops in case there's major trouble. There were also pretty strong statements from Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev this week saying he didn't consider the new authorities in Kyiv as truly legitimate. But President Putin isn't saying anything. We could say these events don't suit them at all, but that for the moment they are exercising a sort of restraint, to see how things develop.
I would advise Vladimir to step down now. Three terms is enough. Two terms as president and another term as prime minister. That's enough. Because otherwise powerful inner circles and clans begin to take shape.
The overwhelming majority (of Americans) who adopt our children behave themselves. The Duma deputies are reacting not to this but to the position of the American state; that when a crime is committed against one of our adopted children, most often the American judiciary doesn't react, and they free those people who have clearly committed a crime against a child.
There is a high probability, we will see the Russians developing their narrative and the pretext for such an operation under the guise of a humanitarian operation and we see a military build-up that could be used to conduct illegal military operations in Ukraine.
The Donetsk people's military units are ready for a counter attack.
Change is inevitable and unavoidable. What is more imporant is that this feeling penetrates even the authorities too.
The whole area is about 30 hectares and the value of our property is about one billion American dollars in pure profit. That's why they want to remove us.
They want us to choose from those they have screened beforehand. They don't allow us to elect those we want to elect. We believe these elections and the whole system are unlawful.
We will be calling back to Tbilisi for consultations our ambassador from Moscow because of the importance of the acts, and the follow-up to the acts and statements of this type cannot be overestimated. It is a clear act of aggression.
After Italian architects worked in the Kremlin, Russian architecture became more joyful, more bright, more picturesque.
Here in the Kremlin we can see the characteristics of different facets of the Italian renaissance: Venetian, Bolognese, and Milanese. It was completed with Russian ideas, giving birth to a very interesting new style that generated a revolution in Russian architecture.
He tried to escape Russia but he was stopped at the border. He was questioned and the documentation from that interrogation has survived, which gives us some insights into him. [He helped to create a new style here in Russia], and when a new style appears in architecture everyone starts to work with it.
This is the first time there's a documented case of polonium-210 being used as a poison in world criminal history. And this was done by a big organisation, it's clear. It couldn't be done by a sort of group of people. And an organisation that also involved nuclear scientists and a working nuclear reactor and nuclear labs and specialists in different fields. So this is a job for state organisations.
We all know it: Ukraine is not a democratic country where basic values are commonplace, like they are in Europe. In Ukraine, anything could happen.
The mere wish of the controlling bodies is enough to oust any candidate, because this is the way the legislation is organised.
The tragic events show that all we are planning must be done, and must be done quickly.
It shows that Russia today is no longer even a sort of democracy. The current conditions in Russia are similar to those in Belorussia and Zimbabwe.
The country went through a difficult period of parliamentary elections. And today we still hear the echoes of these emotions, these battles. . But the logic of a mature democracy is that after the election, we have a more important period and this is the period of cooperation. We must all look to the future, understanding that we have a common responsibility to the country.
I am not that naive to expect that the Kremlin would feel the sense of shame. But we can send the very clear message that human rights are not negotiable.
If we want to be competitive, if we want to resolve the social problems, Russia's economy has to grow faster that the global economy. At the same time we have seen a slowdown of the Russian economy in the last two quarters of 2012. So, the rate of industrial output growth has fallen below two percent in annual terms, while fixed capital investment is slowing too.
Right now this is our top priority.
The general view within the market is that this group was created as a result of the tax bankruptcy claims out of the US in an attempt on one hand to hold an auction as scheduled, because it would have looked bad for the Russian government to postpone it, and on the other hand to allow potentially the beneficiary of Gazprom or Surgutneftegaz to eventually win.
Russia, Germany, its partners and the United States have a very close position on the Iran question. In any case in the context of the Iranian nuclear problem, great prudence is needed, without any sudden or misguided steps.
We have been talking about energy politics. Especially about the Baltic pipeline. Thankfully this project threatens no-one.
We are not talking about general voters, but about people who were verified, people who have become active participants in this history.
I do not know the authenticity of this video, I do not know the authenticity of these sources, but in any case no doubt this will be material for review by our special (security) services.
I want to say that I believe that from the moment we found these icons and after the blessing and the restoration of justice, it will give our country additional defence.
Whoever did this and whatever their motive was, this was a terrible crime, dreadful in its cruelty, and they must not go unpunished.
But I would underline the real desire to find solutions and for these reasons I think we can be positive.
I think we made a step ahead for the climate, for the constructive discussion. Obviously there a lot of differences.
I have never aspired to this position. In fact I explicitly expressed doubts over my ability to handle such a a huge workload and the enormous responsibility that determines the fate of the nation. But if I set myself tasks I always bring them either to a logical end or make sure they have a maximum impact.
The elections are important to ensure the rule of law and order and also to safeguard society from attempts to inject extremist and racist ideas.
We've staged this demo around the following themes: Let's build an intelligent and strong Russia, let's chase scoundrels and thieves from corridors of power, and let's bring a government of national confidence, and a new direction for our country.
The safety and wellbeing of Russian citizens remains my priority.
Major issues were not teed up to make significant progress on the level of a president-to-president summit. That wasn't a constructive step to take at this point.
In my opinion everything was done within the framework of market rules. Like I told you at the press conference in Germany all state companies which are 100 per cent owned by the state can, like any other company, participate in this kind of auction. They just exercised their own right.
We highly appreciate the support that has been given by the chancellor to the Ukrainian people in order to stabilise the political situation in my country. The agenda that we follow are (as it is): The first one is we need in my country to avert any kind of violence and to stop the bloodshed. And it's up to the government and to it's president to make the real actions in order to fix this ongoing political crisis.
The mood in the world and in Russia is moving to the left and this will be reflected in the daily work of the Duma.
None of us can judge these releases in the end. there's obviously a time factor involved. I don't want to belittle it, the fact people are now being released is a good signal. I say we should use them to have further discussions with Russia about legal processes and the protection of human rights.
This ceasefire is based on the agreement which was reached during my phone conversations with Russian President Putin. That's why I think that this is very important that stability, the fact that this ceasefire should last, is now our common responsibility.
In terms of what happens on the ground, I don't think we should particularly trust him (Putin). His strategic goals remain the same as before. They are at complete loggerheads with NATO's strategic goals and these things can't really be reconciled so I think the conflict will keep on lingering.
I cannot call such stipulations and additions anything other than a mockery of common sense and a violation of earlier achieved agreements.
We stand for the complete termination of bloodshed on the whole territory of Ukraine, including along our borders. Ukraine should embark on the path of peace, dialogue and accord. The priority is to conduct substantial talks between the authorities in Kyiv and representatives from the south-east regions.
We know that traitors always meet a nasty end.
My thanks to Dmitri Medvedev and to the United Russia party congress for choosing me and asking me to be the candidate for the post of Russia's president. Of couse, I gratefully accept this offer.
I want to tell you this, the systems we are providing to Syria are short-range anti-aircraft systems and do no threaten Israeli territory in any way.
Russia has always reliably defended the interests of the Islamic world. Russia has always been the Islamic world's best partner and ally. In destroying Russia they are destroying one of the principal pillars in the Islamic world's fight for the recognition of its rights on the international stage, its legitimate rights.
I don't really understand how a parliamentary republic would look and work in Kyrgyzstan. This concerns me.
Ukraine marks the first anniversary of our Revolution of Dignity and the tenth anniversary of the beginning of the Orange revolution. I think these two events have played a significant role in forming a new country. Now when Ukraine is at war for its independence, our country as never before needs wisdom and consolidation.
Russian behaviour represents a flagrant violation of the bedrock principles of an international system, which is why the international community has responded with one voice. Amplifying your voice, Mr President; the voice of all Ukrainians. Helping Ukrainians defend their sovereignty and security of their nation.
Attempts to pressure Russia by means of one-sided, illegitimate restrictive measures are not bringing us towards a resolution, and are complicating dialogue.