Vladimir Putin on Russia

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All of these restrictions do not produce anything good, and we should work toward a global economy that functions without these restrictions.feedback
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Jun 20 2017
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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

Now we know that another draft bill has appeared in the US Senate on toughening these sanctions. Why, by the way? Nothing extraordinary happened. What drove them to talk about these sanctions out of the blue? This is, of course, a sign of continued political infighting in the US.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

He "didn't really know the details of [Comey's] testimony.feedback

Turn a globe and point your finger anywhere, you will find American interests and interference there. It sounds and looks very weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander in chief and then hands it over to media via his friend. What's the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? In that case, he's more of a rights campaigner defending a certain position than the security agency chief.feedback

The thing is, I don't want them to grow up like hereditary princes, I want them to grow up to be normal people. If I mention ages and names, they would be identified and never left alone. My daughters are involved in science and education, they don't get involved in any politics.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

I know the mood of our people, we don't see America as our enemy. We are ready for a constructive dialogue.feedback

It's another obvious attempt to spread its jurisdiction to other states. This is certainly, I have no doubt about it, an obvious attempt to prevent Mr Blatter's re-election as FIFA president.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

I prefer not to go to the shower with him. Why provoke him? We never interfere within the domestic affairs of other countries.feedback

At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state – a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself.feedback

You care day and night for your children, grandchildren and your family. Even today, on International Women's Day, you are still caught up in your routine, working tirelessly, always on time. We often ask ourselves, how do they manage it all?feedback

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

Castro said: 'Do you know why I'm still alive? Because I was the one to deal with my security personally. I'm not a woman so I don't have bad days. I'm not trying to insult anyone. That's just the nature of things. I cannot say our society welcomes that, quite frankly. Well I'd prefer not to go into the shower with him. Why provoke him?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

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. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Have you all lost your senses over there?feedback

What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about? IP addresses? They can be invented, you know? There are a lot of specialists who can even make it so it comes from your home IP address, as if your 3-year-old daughter carried out the attack.feedback

What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about? IP addresses? They can be invented, you know? There are a lot of specialists who can even make it so it comes from your home IP address as if your three-year old daughter carried out the attack. Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes.feedback

For me, this is just amazing. You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you're just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterward I was told, You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.feedback

I'm being honest. Do you think that from all over the world and the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he eats with or meets with. Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Did we have a special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. ... Have you all lost your senses over there? I don't know about this proposal. No proposal like that came to me.feedback

Hackers (that allegedly influenced the US presidential campaign - TASS) may be anywhere. They may be in Russia, in Asia, in America, in Latin America. There may be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very craftily and professionally passed the buck to Russia. 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

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. Now, the candidate for the Democratic Party, is this candidate universally beloved in the United States? Was it such a popular person? That candidate, too, had political opponents and rivals.feedback

Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Have you all lost your senses? They have been misled. And they aren't analysing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the (US) presidential election. I am not aware of such a proposal. No such proposal ever reached me. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.feedback

You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now we're meeting again. When I came to came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the intelligence services.' That's it. I didn't even really talk to him. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.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. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. 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

I am not aware of such a proposal. No such proposal ever reached me. Have you all lost your mind? There was no relationship whatsoever. Yes, he visited Moscow in his day. But, you know, I never met him. Well, this is just another load of nonsense.feedback

There were no meetings. I have no idea. That's completely nonsense! Do you eve understand what you're asking, or not?feedback

I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left...That's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.feedback

They [U.S. Intelligence committees] have been misled, and they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States.feedback

I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. 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? Hackers can be anywhere. Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister. The minister would have reported it to me. There weren't even any reports. There's nothing to even talk about. There wasn't even any kind of specific discussion about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just amazing. You created a sensation out of nothing.feedback

The problem is not with us, the problem is inside American politics. The other (Clinton) team miscalculated. They don't want to admit their mistake. It's easier for them to say that they are not guilty, that the Russians are the guilty ones for interfering in our election. It reminds me of anti-Semitism.feedback

Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia… even in America. By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia. Could you imagine something like that? I can. I've read those reports. And even in those reports, there's nothing concrete – only assumptions and conclusions based on assumptions. That's it.feedback

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. It just some kind of hysteria and just doesn't stop. Do we need to give you a pill? Does anyone have a pill? Give them a pill, really, honestly. It's surprising. It reminds me of antisemitism - the Jews are to blame for everything. You know, if a moron can't do anything for himself - the Jews are to blame. But we know what such sentiments lead to - it doesn't end in anything good.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

It's an attempt to solve internal political problems using foreign policy instruments. It's harmful, hurting international relations, the global economy, security and the fight against terror. It's time to stop that useless and harmful chatter.feedback

My answer is no. There were no agreements. We didn't even come close to that. We didn't even start negotiations. Does squabbling over NATO help Russia? It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia ... even in America, Latin America. They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skillfully and professionally, shifted the blame, as we say, on to Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle. By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia. Could you imagine something like that? I can.feedback

IP addresses can be invented – a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. If you're not intending to attack anybody, why increase your military spending? The U.S. demands from their allies to raise their spending and simultaneously says that NATO is not going to attack anybody. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Have you read those reports? I have read those reports. And even in them there is nothing specific! There are only assumptions and conclusions on based on suppositions.feedback

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. There was nothing concrete, zero. It's all hysteria. Isn't there some kind of pill you can take? There was no such agreement.feedback

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologise to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?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

Don't worry… be happy. This accord has not yet come into effect; it is supposed to come into effect as of 2021… so we still have time. If we are all constructive in what we do, there are things that we can agree on.feedback

The most important this is that we don't do that on government level. Secondly, I can imagine that some purposefully does that, building the chain of these attacks in a way to make it seem that Russia is the source of these attacks. Modern technology allows to do that quite easily. I'm certain that no hackers can influence an electoral campaign in another country. It's just not going to settle on the voter's mind, on the nation's mind.feedback

I would refrain from judging President Trump right now because it was President Obama who made the decision (on joining the Paris Agreement - TASS), so maybe the new president believes it was not well-conceived, maybe he thinks there are not enough resources. This situation needs to be thoroughly assessed. It was possible not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it is a framework document so the United States' obligations could have been changed. As far as I remember, the United States has ratified the agreement, but we (Russia) have not done it yet.feedback

What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Technology experts can invent anything and put the blame on anyone. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?feedback

IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Help us to restore normal political dialogue, I ask you on behalf of Russia and I appeal to the American side - help the newly elected president, the head of the administration of the United States.feedback

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. What else is the ambassador supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts? We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that.feedback

Snowden is not a traitor. He didn't betray the interest of his country. Nor did he transfer any information to any other country which would have been pernicious to his own country or to his own people. Our intelligence services always conform to the law. That's the first thing. And secondly, trying to spy on your allies, if you really consider them allies, is just indecent. Because it undermines trust. And it means that in the end it deals damage to your own national security.feedback

Hackers are free people like artists. If artists get up in the morning feeling good, all they do all day is paint. The same goes for hackers. They got up today and read that something is going on internationally. If they are feeling patriotic they will start contributing, as they believe, to the justified fight against those speaking ill of Russia. Is that possible? In theory, yes.feedback

No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America. We are ready to receive any person, always. If Madame Le Pen asked to meet us, why would we want to refuse her? The more so since she always publicly spoke out for developing relations with our country. It would be strange for us to refuse her.feedback

I must stress, on a state level, we are never engaged into these kind of activity.feedback

But no matter where the threat comes, it is unacceptable and we will always support India in its fight against terrorism. We do not have any tight (military) relations with Pakistan. The US, do you have (close relations)? And for sure our relations with Pakistan have no impact on trade between India and Russia. We never engaged in that on a state level, and have no intention of doing so. I can imagine that some do it deliberately, staging a chain of attacks in such a way as to cast Russia as the origin of such an attack. Modern technologies allow that to be done quite easily.feedback

We support political contacts, contacts between defence ministries, we work together on sorting difficult situation, including in Syria.feedback

According to our information, there is no proof of the use of chemical weapons by (Syrian President Bashar al-) Assad. We are convinced he did not do so.feedback

We are grateful to you for your ideas and the joint work between OPEC and the countries which are not part of the cartel. We support political contacts, contacts between defense ministries. We work together on sorting out difficult situations, including in Syria.feedback

It would have been very strange on our part to refuse to have a meeting with a leading political figure in Europe who wishes to develop good relations with Russia. It doesn't mean we tried to influence the result of the French presidential election–this is impossible.feedback

You have asked how sanctions against Russia will help in the resolution of the crisis in Ukraine's southeast. They will not. So I appeal to you as well as to the representatives of French media – you should fight for the lifting of all restrictions in the global economy.feedback

Let's tell things like they are: Russia Today and Sputnik didn't behave like organs of the press and journalists, they behaved like organs of influence and mendacious propaganda.feedback

These sanctions do not contribute at all to settling the crisis in Ukraine.feedback

Only the abolition of all restrictions, a free market and free competition unburdened by political considerations can help develop the world economy.feedback

I spoke to (Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov) today. I'll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him.feedback

If the US administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the US administration would want this. You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans. They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just short-sighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.feedback

I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him. It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.feedback

It's hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish dream up next.feedback

Russia knows terrorism and the threat it creates for us all. Our people have had to deal with similar tragedies many times, and we are deeply distressed at the news. We would like to express our sympathy and solidarity with the French nation. … I would like to stress again that only through a united effort can we defeat terrorism.feedback

I don't know, I think we'd need to meet him, have a discussion, and depending on the result choose a melody.feedback

They "need to meet first, talk and then choose the tune to match. It's a pity that the piano was out of tune. It was quite hard to play, even for me, someone who plays with two fingers. I cannot say I played, I was just pressing the keys with two or three fingers. I thought that if Mr Peskov is filming, it's probably for personal use, for the archive. But they decided to post it. But never mind. I think I didn't let you down.feedback

As for the source of these threats, Microsoft's leadership stated this directly, they said the source of the virus was the special services of the United States. A genie let out of a bottle of this kind, especially created by secret services, can then cause damage to its authors and creators. This completely doesn't concern Russia. There is nothing good in this and calls for concern. A protection system from these manifestations needs to be worked out.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, . We need to return to dialogue with North Korea and stop scaring it and find ways to resolve these problems peacefully. If you recall, there was a time when North Korea announced it was suspending this kind of (nuclear) programme, but unfortunately certain participants in the negotiations process did not have enough patience. I think we need to return to this.feedback

I have met with the heads of the companies ... and we support the proposal.feedback

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

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

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 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

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

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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