Vladimir Putin on Russia

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If it is really the case [approval of sanctions], this arouses deep regrets because such actions imply aggravating circumstances and special cynicism. Because this is an obvious attempt to use geopolitical advantages in competition to pursue its economic interests at the expense of its allies. As for the transboundary nature of the US legislation, I have been talking about it for a long time - way back in 2007, in Munich [at a conference on security issues] I talked about it, that's exactly what I said. We have never disagreed with this and will not agree.feedback

This goes beyond all reasonable bounds. And now these sanctions -- they are also absolutely unlawful from the point of view of international law.feedback

As you know, we are exercising restraint and patience, but at some moment we'll have to retaliate. It's impossible to endlessly tolerate this boorishness towards our country. When will our response follow? What will it be? That will depend on the final version of the draft law which is now being debated in the U.S. Senate.feedback

At a certain moment we will have to respond. It is impossible to put up forever with such boorishness toward our country.feedback

I had an opportunity, they even asked me to change the constitution. But I didn't do it, and I don't intend to do it in the future.feedback

Do I need to continue my work in this capacity - I haven't decided yet. I have not yet decided whether to leave my post as president or not. After I address this issue, I will think about what to do next.feedback

In recent years the sphere of airspace has received significant state support. Our positions in military aircraft building and in the sphere of airspace are as strong as before. We are going to strengthen the potential of these industries.feedback

The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump. He perfectly understands whom he is talking to and answers questions quickly. I think personal relations were established.feedback

I believe it would not be entirely appropriate on my part to disclose details of my discussion with Mr Trump. He asked, I answered him. He asked pointed questions, I answered them. It seemed to me that he was satisfied with those answers.feedback

(Trump) asked a lot of questions on this subject. I, in as much as I was able, answered these questions. It seems to me that he took these (answers) on board and agreed with them, but in actual fact, it's best to ask him how he views this. He started to ask pointed questions, he was really interested in particular details. I, as much as I could, answered him in a fairly detailed way.feedback

He raised many questions on the issue. I answered all these questions, as far as I could. I think that he took it into account and agreed. Actually, you would better ask him how he found it.feedback

As I see it, Television Trump is very different from the real person. He is absolutely concrete, absolutely adequately perceives the interlocutor, quite quickly analyzes, answers questions or draws from the discussions some new elements. As regards personal relations, I think they are established. There is no basis to believe that Russia interfered in the electoral process of the United States.feedback

Pres Putin points to #G20 partners on absence of real evidence of that & confirms that Russia had never interfered in US elections.feedback

There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need. I very much hope (for an improvement in relations) and it seems to me that some basis for this has already been created. It seems to me that the US position (on Syria) has become more pragmatic. There is a comprehension that if we combine our efforts, we can achieve a lot.feedback

He asked many questioPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump get off Marine One before prior to boarding Air Force Onens on the subject, I tried to answer them all. It seems to me that he has taken note of that and agreed, but it's better to ask him about his attitude.feedback

He asked questions, I replied. It seemed to me that he was satisfied with the answers.feedback

I had a very long conversation with the president of the United States. Many issues had accumulated, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, some bilateral issues. We again went back to counterterrorism and cyber security issues … phone conversations are never enough definitely. I'm delighted to be able to meet you personally. And I hope that, as you have said, our meetings will yield positive results.feedback

As for personal relations, I think that they are established. I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we'll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need. The US president and I agreed that we'll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries.feedback

We've had a very long discussion with the U.S. president. Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues. I'm delighted to meet you personally.feedback

I had a very lengthy conversation with the President of the United States, there were a lot of issues such as Ukraine, Syria, other problems, some bilateral issues. We again returned to the issues of fighting terrorism and cybersecurity.feedback

One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated. He is a very colourful person, talented, without any doubt. It is not our business to determine his merits, that is up to US voters, but he is the absolute leader in the presidential race.feedback

The "North Korean nuclear program is a very acute problem. We must not lose our self-command; we need to act pragmatically and very carefully.feedback

He is absolutely the leader in the presidential race. He wants to move to a different level of relations, to more solid, deeper relations with Russia and how can Russia not welcome that – we welcome that.feedback

I'm convinced that only open trade relations based on uniform norms and standards can stimulate growth of the global economy and support a progressive development of intergovernmental relations.feedback

The old economic models have all but exhausted their possibilities. Protectionism is becoming the norm, while unilateral, politically motivated restrictions on trade and investment, as well as technology transfer, are nothing but masked protectionism. We believe that these sanctions are not only doomed to fail but also run counter to the G20 principles of cooperation in the interests of all countries.feedback

On the Syrian problem and the Middle East in general, it is clear to all that no progress will be made without joint constructive work.feedback

Protectionism is developing into a behavioural norm. Limits by one-sided, politically motivated sanctions on investment, trade and particularly technology transfer are becoming its hidden form.feedback

There is also a present, simple but good. This is a trip to Sochi. Re-house them by the end of this year.feedback

Stalin was a product of his time. You can demonize him all you want, or, on the other hand, talk about his contributions to victory over Nazism. But the excessive demonization of Stalin is just one way to attack the Soviet Union and Russia, to suggest that today's Russia carries the birthmarks of Stalinism. Everyone has one kind of birthmark or another. So what? Of course.feedback

Fortunately, we have reversed this situation. For three years running, we have had population growth, including in regions that are historically majority ethnic-Russian.feedback

Here, on modern football arenas there will be tough, honest, fair fights until the last minutes of the match.feedback

There are certain things in this film that indeed make us think, despite the fact that everything you see onscreen is make-believe.feedback

Well, I prefer not take a shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I'm a Judo master and a SAMBO master as well.feedback

I am not familiar in detail with the testimony given by former FBI director Comey. Again, he gave no evidence of this (Russian interference). And what about constant U.S. propaganda, constant U.S. support of America-oriented non-governmental organizations by giving them money directly? Isn't it an impact on our minds? Isn't it an attempt to influence how we should behave during election campaigns? This continues year after year.feedback

I don't think this is being done to improve the situation in the country but to resolve personal questions linked to self-promotion.feedback

We have many tasks. The first and the most important is to ensure wage growth. We need to get rid of poverty, get rid of hovels and dangerous housing.feedback

I am still working. I want to say that the voter, the Russian people should decide this. I'll have to check that. We have seen a decline in the real income of citizens in the past few years. And the increase in the number of people who live below the poverty line is especially worrisome.feedback

One must not exploit, but offer solutions. Those who propose solutions deserve full attention and have a right to dialogue…and we will do that.feedback

What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? In this case, he (Comey) is not the head of a special service but a human rights activist who defends a certain position. By the way, if he is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this. There are positive examples of cooperation…. So we can find an agreement, we can work together. Of course, we can.feedback

We have worked with the US on solutions for the Iranian nuclear problem and found them.feedback

What does the objective data show? It shows that the recession in the Russian economy is over. We have moved to a period of growth.feedback

We have been through two wars together. The Russian Empire was key in securing U.S. independence. I know the mood of our people, we don't believe America is our enemy. There is hysteria in the media and it affects the mood, but many people in Russia admire the achievements of the American people, and I hope relations will normalize. We have always lived under sanctions, whenever Russia grew stronger there would always be sanctions, throughout history. There is a U.S. bill to toughen sanctions – why?feedback

We have always lived under sanctions, whenever Russia grew stronger there would always be sanctions, throughout history. There is a U.S. bill to toughen sanctions – why? Nothing has changed why are they talking about sanctions – it's evidence of domestic political problems in the U.S. We have been through two wars together. The Russian Empire was key in securing U.S. independence.feedback

Snowden is not a traitor. He didn't betray the interests of his country nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or his own people. The only thing Snowden does, he does publicly. I am quite confident that the American authorities were just acting under the pressure of circumstances and they have made many mistakes. I think so too.feedback

Hackers may be anywhere. There may be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very craftily and professionally passed the buck to Russia. Can't you imagine such a scenario? In the middle of an internal political fight, it was convenient for them, whatever the reason, to put out that information. And put it out they did. And, doing it, they made a reference to Russia. Can't you imagine it happening? I can.feedback

Let us recall the assassination of President Kennedy. There is a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States special services. If this theory is correct, and one cannot rule it out, so what can be easier in today's context, being able to rely on the entire technical capabilities available to special services than to organize some kind of attacks in the appropriate manner while making a reference to Russia in the process. ….feedback

They say those who are destined to be hanged are not going to drown.feedback

Our first contact with Mr Snowden was in China. There are no restrictions whatsoever. Well I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? But you know, I'm a judo master.feedback

I am not a woman, so I don't have bad days. I am not trying to insult anyone. That's just the nature of things. There are certain natural cycles. Mr Snowden arrived in Moscow, which was completely unexpected for us. He came as a transit passenger, so he didn't need a visa or other documents.feedback

Our first contact with Mr Snowden was in China. We were told back then that this was a person who wanted to fight against violations of human rights.feedback

Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow. But you know, I never met with him. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all, have you all lost your senses over there?feedback

There was no relationship whatsoever. Yes, he visited Moscow in his day. But, you know, I never met him.feedback

There are problems we know of, and we have talked about them with the mayor. I hope that everything will be corrected in accordance with the citizens' wishes.feedback

There was nothing concrete, zero. It's just hysteria. Should I give you a pill?feedback

We should be grateful to President Trump. In Moscow it's raining and cold. Now we could blame this all on American imperialism, that it's all their fault. But we won't. Don't worry, be happy.feedback

No force will be able to dominate our people. I congratulate you on Victory Day, when greatness is defined by the people, by their unprecedented heroic deed – the salvation of the Fatherland and heroic, decisive contribution to the defeat of Nazism.feedback

I would rather speak of Russia generally, not necessarily about Moscow. Apart from the capital of our country, we have a number of cities which could potentially host Summer Olympics. There is Sochi, of course, but also St. Petersburg and possibly Kazan. We are not going to make any specific statements, yet. In 2014, our country successfully hosted the Winter Games in Sochi. However, I do not rule out the possibility that Russia will decide to enter in bidding process for the right to host another Olympics.feedback

Regarding Los Angeles, it is not for us to estimate the city's chances. This must be done by the IOC. USA is one of the leading sports countries in the world, and I believe had good chance of getting the honour of hosting the games. It is well known that LA hosted the games in 1984 and the USSR team unfortunately did not participate - just like the U.S. team which did not come to Moscow in 1980. No-one benefited from this.feedback

I know the mood and expectations of Muscovites. They expect these buildings to be torn down and new housing to be built in their place.feedback

This resembles very much the situation of 2003 and the war in Iraq…There was a campaign launched in Iraq; and it finished with the destruction of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat, and the emergence of ISIS on the international arena.feedback

President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq. The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] on the world stage. All incidents reminiscent of the chemical attacks that took place in Idlib must be thoroughly investigated.feedback

President Mattarella and I discussed it, and I told him that this reminds me strongly of the events in 2003, when the US representatives demonstrated at the UN Security Council session the presumed chemical weapons found in Iraq. The military campaign was subsequently launched in Iraq and it ended with the devastation of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appearance of Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS] on the world stage.feedback

Law enforcement bodies and special services are working and will do all they can in order to find out the cause of what's happened, to give full assessment of what's happened.feedback

We will give a full evaluation of what happened, and city and federal authorities will do everything possible to support families of our killed and injured citizens.feedback

I would like to express the words of sincerest condolences to relatives of the killed and wounded. I have already spoken with the chiefs of special services, FSB director, law enforcement bodies and special services are working. We will do everything to identify the reasons for what happened.feedback

This tool was used at the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring.feedback

Leading Russian companies have achieved a series of important agreements about developing large oil and gas fields in Iran. Our countries cooperate in the framework of Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). We will coordinate our efforts to stabilize world oil markets.feedback

We are looking forward to her visit to Russia on May 2.feedback

As regards Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, it is of course a brilliant place to have a dialogue of such a sort. But it doesn't depend only on us, it depends on a whole series of circumstances. If these meetings ever happen, we don't have anything against Ljubljana.feedback

The Russian-US relations have especially strongly degraded over the past five years, and of course they need to be restored in the interests of both the Russian and American people. As for Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, of course, it is an excellent place to conduct dialogues of this kind. However, it does not depend solely on us, it depends on a number of circumstances – current affairs.feedback

Trump arrives and straight away rushes to meet with Moscow prostitutes. This is an adult man first of all and, apart from that, is a man who for many years took part in organising beauty contests.feedback

People who order such fakes, fabricate them and use them in a political struggle are worse than prostitutes. They have no moral limits whatsoever. By the way, Russia deals with such people all the time, with our opponents. I find it difficult to believe that he ran to a hotel to meet with our girls of reduced social responsibility. Although here we do have the best ones in the world.feedback

These claims are an obvious fake. Trump, when he came to Moscow a few years ago was not a politician. We did not even know about his political ambitions, he was just a businessman, one of the richest men in America. Is someone really thinking that our intelligence agencies are chasing every American billionaire, or what? Of course not! It's just a complete nonsense.feedback

If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.feedback

It is another very important solution for the long-term development of Crimea.feedback

I ask security services to take additional measures to ensure security inside Russia and outside it, to enhance the safety of Russian foreign missions and their staff. I ask you to step up work with secret services of other states through partner channels.feedback

A question arises, did those cartoonists need to offend Islamic believers? The artists might not have wanted to offend anyone, but they did.feedback

There is a very narrow edge between dangerous buffoonery and freedom of expression.feedback

Any hooliganism, any attempts to thwart a theater performance or an exhibition are absolutely inadmissible and must be punished in all severity of law. Any freedom has another side: responsibility.feedback

We must bear that in mind and not to allow that, not to split the society.feedback

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.feedback

The French foreign minister flew from Moscow to Washington, the next day he came out with (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, accused Russia of all the deadly sins, no one spoke to or us or discussed anything with us, and tossed the resolution into the Security Council obviously expecting our veto.feedback

This is deserved retribution against the bandits for our children in Beslan, in Budennovsk, for all these acts of terror they committed in Moscow and other Russian regions, including Ingushetia and Chechnya.feedback

So many people came, I don't think anyone expected it. Honestly, I didn't expect it either. According to official information, there are about 134,000, and according to Moscow authorities' data 190,000.feedback

The German Chancellor refers to the girls who sit in prison for their performance in a church. But is she aware that before, one of (the girls) hung a mannequin of a Jew and said that we need to get rid of these kind of people in Moscow? We can't support the kind of people who hold anti-Semitic views.feedback

Snowden indeed arrived in Moscow. It was a total surprise for us. He came in as a transit passenger. He doesn't need a visa or other documents. As a transit passenger he has a right to buy a ticket and fly anywhere he wants. Concerning his possible extradition, we can only extradite foreign citizens to those countries with which we have appropriate agreements.feedback

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