Vladimir Putin on Russia

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Unlike other countries we are not announcing any arms deliveries to Kurdish formations. We don't believe we need to start such work. I hope very much that this (the creation of de-escalation zones) will be an effective tool, above all, for maintaining the cessation of hostilities.feedback

I want to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear powers, including with the Korean Peninsula and North Korea. But at the same time, we understand that what we have observed in the world recently, and specifically flagrant violations of international law and incursions into the territory of foreign states, changes in regime, lead to such kinds of arms races. In this connection, we need to act in a joined-up way, (and) strengthen the system of international guarantees with the help of international law and with the help of the U.N. Charter.feedback

Soft power is a complex of tools and methods to achieve foreign policy goals without the use of force, through information and other means of influence.feedback

The armed forces of Russia are capable of repelling any potential aggression. There was no, there is no, and there will be no force that could ever enslave our people.feedback

We will always guard Russia just as you, the soldiers of the Victory, did. And [we will] strengthen the traditions of patriotism, loyally serving the homeland. The lessons of the past war force us to be vigilant and the Russian Armed Forces are ready to repel any potential attack. There was no, there is no and there will be no force that could ever enslave our people.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

The citizens of France have trusted you with leading the country at a difficult time for Europe and the whole world community. In these conditions it is especially important to overcome mutual mistrust and unite efforts to ensure international stability and security.feedback

The triumphant victory over this terrible totalitarian force will remain in human history forever as the highest point of the triumph of life and mind over death and barbarity. We must remember that the victory was won at the cost of huge, irreplaceable fatalities, that the war took millions of lives. The lessons of the past war urge us to be vigilant, and the Russian Armed Forces are capable of repelling any potential aggression. But to effectively combat terrorism, extremism, neo-Nazism, and other threats, consolidation of the entire international community is necessary.feedback

What is going on with a non-traditional sexual orientation in the North Caucasus.feedback

I will certainly talk with the prosecutor general (Yury Chaika) and interior minister (Vladimir Kolokoltsev), so that they will support you on the issue you raised regarding the news or rumors about what's happening with sexual minorities in the North Caucasus.feedback

I believe that positive processes which we have started, to reform anti-doping structures, are irreversible. We must listen to what WADA has to say, because we have to admit that we have several cases of proven doping violation. This is unacceptable. We will do everything to organize efficient and fruitful work with all our partners, including WADA and the IOC. I hope they have the same intentions.feedback

Russia is ready for an open and consistent participation in work to establish an accomplished global anti-doping system. Once again, I would like to reiterate something that we have always stated: Russia never had, and I hope never will have, a state-backed system of doping support. On the contrary – we will fight doping.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

We as guarantors – Turkey, Iran, Russia – will do everything for this to work.feedback

Our law enforcement and judicial organs act within the framework of the laws that exist in Russia and will continue to act in that way, observing order and discipline.feedback

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and I adhere to the viewpoint the Syrian conflict can be settled exclusively by political and diplomatic means. As for the flights over de-escalation zones – combat aviation will not be operating there on condition that no military activity is registered in such zones. One of the means of enhancing the ceasefire is to create zones of security and de-escalation. We heard the US president say so in one of his statements. In particular, departmental consultations on anti-terrorist operations will continue to be held on a regular basis.feedback

It was agreed to enhance interaction along these lines between the special services and defense ministries.feedback

Some time ago our bilateral ties, as it well known, were tested. Now we can say with certainty remark that the recovery process in Russo-Turkish ties is complete. We are getting back to a normal cooperative partnership.feedback

Russia's law-enforcement bodies behave in a far more restrained manner than their colleagues in other European countries.feedback

We never interfere in the political life and the political processes of other countries, and we don't want anybody interfering in our political life and foreign policy processes. Certainly, without the participation of such a party as the United States, it is also impossible to solve these problems effectively. So we are and will continue to be in contact with our American partners, and I hope that we will attain understanding there regarding joint steps in this very important and sensitive area of international relations today.feedback

We cannot but use this visit to discuss bilateral relations and the most problematic points, by which I mean Ukraine and Syria and maybe some other regions.feedback

Those guilty must be found and punished. But this can be only done after an impartial investigation. A solution in Syria can be only found by peaceful means and under the aegis of the United Nations.feedback

In my opinion, and in the opinion of the prime minister [Abe], the situation on the Korean peninsula has unfortunately got a lot worse. We call on all governments involved in regional matters to refrain from using belligerent rhetoric and to strive for peaceful, constructive dialogue.feedback

The situation on the Korean Peninsula was discussed separately [at the Russian-Japanese talks] as in our joint opinion with the prime minister [of Japan] it has, unfortunately, deteriorated seriously. We are urging all the states involved in regional affairs to refrain from military rhetoric and seek a calm and constructive dialogue.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

One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated. Right now we're not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia.feedback

I've said that this U.S. strike reminds me strongly of events in Iraq in 2003, when U.S. representatives in the UN Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons found in Iraq. A military campaign was launched in Iraq after this and it resulted in the destruction of the country, in the growth of the terrorist threat and the emergence of Islamic State on the international arena.feedback

You can say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military side, has not improved but most likely worsened. Where is the proof that Syrian troops used chemical weapons? There isn't any. But there was a violation of international law. That is an obvious fact.feedback

To my mind, this strongly resembles what happened in 2003 when representatives of the United States showed in the Security Council what was supposed to be chemical weapons found in Iraq. A military campaign in Iraq ensued, and it ended in devastation of the country, growth of the terror threat and emergence of ISIL on the international scene.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

We have information that a similar provocation is being prepared ... in other parts of Syria including in the southern Damascus suburbs where they are planning to again plant some substance and accuse the Syrian authorities of using (chemical weapons). Then the US representative at the UN Security Council showed alleged chemical weapons found in Iraq. After that a military campaign in Iraq began, which ended with the destruction of the country, the growth of the terrorist threat and the appeararence if Isil.feedback

They plan to plant some chemical there and accuse the Syrian government of an attack. It reminds me of the events in 2003 when US envoys to the [UN] Security Council were demonstrating what they said were chemical weapons found in Iraq. We have seen it all already.feedback

We have information from various sources that such provocations – and I cannot call them anything else – are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including in the southern suburbs of Damascus, where they intend to plant some substance and blame the official Syrian authorities for its use. All incidents reminiscent of the 'chemical attacks' that took place in Idlib must be thoroughly investigated.feedback

Callous quasi-freedom on the internet does not exist anywhere any more.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

Climate change brings in more favorable conditions and improves the economic potential of this region. Today, Russia's GDP is the result of the economic activity of this region. It may be related to some global cycles or some greater outer space cycles. It's about how to adjust ourselves to it. The local communities will get adjusted.feedback

We feel that our US partners are interested in developing this cooperation and this is a very good signal. We hope that this (cooperation) will spread to other world regions, including the Arctic,'' the president said.feedback

You see what's been happening? The newly-elected president is barred from implementing his agenda – delivering on his pledges on health care, and international affairs, and relations with the Russian Federation. We [will] just wait until things rectify and stabilize.feedback

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

Read my lips, no. We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident ... and know for sure that opinion polls in the United States show that very many people are ... friendly towards the Russian Federation, and I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations.feedback

This is a global problem: We shouldn't do this in just one place, in one country. We're willing to work together and we really look forward to having this kind of constructive cooperation.feedback

Our moves are of a local nature and their moves are of (a) global nature. They've been developing their missile defense system there, building it up, and this system is one of the overarching concerns of global security today. It's not a defense system, no, it's part of the nuclear forces of theirs, installed in the periphery. It's not on the defensive, it helps minimize our response. We have no intention of starting a war in the Arctic. We don't want to compete with the U.S.: We all know that the U.S. spends more on defense than the rest of the world.feedback

Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation. There are many issues which long have come to a head in the economic and security fields and regarding regional conflicts. We are ready for that discussion. It's necessary for the other side to also show goodwill and readiness for constructive work.feedback

Ronald Reagan, debating about taxes and addressing the Americans, said, Watch my lips.' He said, No. Watch my lips. No.feedback

I don't think it's in the interests of the majority of the American people to bring the U.S.-Russian relations to absurdity for the sake of domestic politics. Do we want to completely cut diplomatic relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was in the 1960s during the Cuban (missile) crisis? Where do people behaving in such an irresponsible way want to take us all, including the American people. We aren't obstructing it, just opposite, we are helping it. Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation.feedback

We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. We're ready for discussions and talks but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work. Helsinki would be an appropriate venue for organizing such events. If it happens we would be glad to participate and I would be glad to attend. If not, probably in the format of regular meetings in G20 we'll have that event, that meeting.feedback

Opinion polls in the United States show that very many people are ... friendly towards the Russian Federation, and I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations. Do we want to completely cut relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?feedback

Isn't it nonsense? What is the ambassador there for? He's there to speak to people, to maintain contacts with the political elite, with businessmen, with members of the House and the Senate, with administration officials. They are now also taking up the issue of the meetings our businessmen and bankers had there. Don't American businessmen come here and speak to our representatives, including Russian government officials? Otherwise how can they work? Of course they do. We aren't obstructing it, just the opposite, we are helping it.feedback

Natural resources, which are of paramount importance for the Russian economy, are concentrated in this region.feedback

As Ronald Reagan once said. All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside. Without constructive work with our colleagues in Pentagon & CIA we cannot obtain what we aim to. I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations.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 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.feedback

We don't want to influence in any way the events going on. 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.feedback

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

We need to listen to WADA's demands. Because we must admit that we do have proven cases of athletes doping. It's absolutely unacceptable and it means that the doping control system that was in place didn't work. And this is our fault.feedback

Of course, and naturally enough, there is this issue of claims regarding scratches of some kind on some of the test samples. We do not understand what kind of evidence can we talk about because when we provided the test samples there were no complaints. If there was a problem with scratches of whatever kind, this should have been noted in the relevant reports, but there was nothing of this sort. In other words, these samples were stored somewhere, and we cannot be held responsible for the storage conditions.feedback

The most important thing is that we pay attention to the independent (McLaren) commission's activities despite its drawbacks, because we need to admit that some cases of doping have really been detected while doping is completely unacceptable. This means that the current Russian anti-doping system has failed, and this is our fault. It seems, either the translation was not quite correct or there is not enough evidence.feedback

I think it is totally inappropriate. It would undermine trust in the negotiating process. Russia will not support any new sanctions against the Syrian leadership.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

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 will do everything that our partners from OPEC are expecting. To freeze crude production is not an issue for us.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

I don't know. Is that really the role of such serious countries which aspire to conduct independent policies and be called major powers. I don't know.feedback

It is not our partners, who should get offended about our veto of the French resolution. It is us, who should get offended.feedback

It was accepted positively by the French side. We were expecting further joint constructive work both with France and other members of the UN Security Council.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

I'm really hoping that this agreement can be reached and I have grounds to believe it could happen in the next few days.feedback

Of course, we need to know where exactly the jet was when it was shot down, but it won't change our attitude towards what was done by the Turkish authorities. We treated Turkey not just as a friend but as an ally in the fight against terror. No one was expecting this vile treacherous stab in the back.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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