Putin’s interview to media executives

Vladimir Putin answered questions of leaders of the Russian print media and informagentstva the Day of Russian press, Vladimir Putin met with the heads of the media. Answered their questions on Ukraine, Syria, North Korea, Turkey, USA, cryptocurrency, leadership development, told about the puncture and the US presidential election…


Vladimir Putin in “Komsomolskaya Pravda”: On elections, Donbass, Syria, the games with cryptocurrency, and vodka

Author: Dmitry Smirnov

Arriving in the “KP”, Vladimir Putin went on the floors of the editorial Board, seeing how the most popular newspaper in the country , went into the Radio Studio “Komsomol truth”. Chief editor of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Vladimir Sungorkin showed the President covers the most popular issues of the newspaper in different years and modern editions of the geography around the world – from the Donbas to Australia. The head of state viewed the mini-exhibition dedicated to the legendary journalist of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Vasily Peskov.

The Russian President arrived in Komsomolskaya Pravda editorial office for a meeting with chief editors of leading publications in the country. Vladimir Putin visiting the “Komsomolskaya Pravda” has congratulated mass media employees on the Day of printing.

However, the Affairs of state never left him and visiting journalists. The call of the President of Turkey Recep Erdogan Putin was caught in the office of chief editor of “KP” and the issues of international cooperation were decided on Thursday, where usually discussed the latest issue. After that, the President went to the Blue room to meet with the leaders of domestic media.

President Putin and the chief editor of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Vladimir Sungorkin.Photo: Victor HUSEYNOV


The foam appears but it refreshes and sharpens the debate

– I congratulate you all a happy holiday, Day of Russian press, started a conversation Putin. – All those involved in this wonderful profession. This interesting, very complex and, sadly, sometimes dangerous. But very much needed. I wish you all the best. Anyone who works in print media, and electronic. People your shop is extraordinary, creative, very talented.

And the first question for the President then asked the chief editor of “Komsomolskaya Pravda” Vladimir Sungorkin:

– Thanks for coming in “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. I have a question for you not as a President but as a candidate for the presidency. How do you feel about the emergence of a multitude of different candidates on presidential elections? They invigorate you, or Vice versa?

– I think that is normal and good. This period of pre-election – he society is always annoying, unfortunately, often, any foam appears, – said Putin. – But it is an occasion to people to speak, to talk about the problems of the country and the ways that people propose to solve. It’s refreshing and sharpens the discussion. In General, all of these campaigns are subject to certain disadvantages for the benefit of society. I will be glad to hear proposals for the development of the country.

The President on relations with Ukraine: “After the settlement of the situation in the Donbass normalization will happen sooner or later, no doubt about it”.Photo: Victor HUSEYNOV


On what America pierced

– Continuing the theme of elections – came the next question is from the other chief editor. Navalny was not admitted to participate in the elections. Immediately sounded and criticism from Washington and European capitals. What do you think about this?

– The character you mentioned, not the only one not allowed to participate in the presidential elections, – said Putin. – But for some reason they are different is not known. This, apparently, speaks about the preferences of the us administration in the leadership of other countries, says about who they would like to move into the political sphere of Russia, whom they would like to see in the leadership of the country. Apparently, those people on whom they rely, on which they rely. In this sense, they pierced. Would be better if they were silent. But it is important to understand that the violation of the law during election campaign is unacceptable.

Normalization in Ukraine will happen sooner or later

The next question was about what is happening in the Donbass.

– You celebrated the New year in the Russian frost. And the President of a neighboring country, Ukraine, Poroshenko, as written, met the New year in the Maldives, rent the island, shouted: “Glory to Ukraine!” so it is necessary to understand. Meanwhile, there is the Donbass. There are millions of people who did not recognize the coup in Kiev. And the fate of these people now is unenviable. Is there a future for Donbass? Is that a frozen conflict?

– It acquires the character of a frozen conflict. Nobody is interested, including Russia, – said the President. We would like to see the situation resolved, but was resolved to not cause concern for anyone who lives in the area. Russia would be quite satisfied if it was fully implemented the Minsk agreement. Not selectively, as some people like it, and in full, so that it gave those who live in the Donbass. With everything written there, including with the law on the special status of Donbass.

As for our relations with Ukraine in General, the situation is absolutely abnormal, when, instead of constructive relations between the two neighboring and brotherly countries, in fact parts of one and the same people, a situation that we see today. After the settlement of the situation in the Donbass normalization will happen sooner or later, no doubt about it.

The President of Ukraine, I do not consider it shameful to go somewhere abroad and spend some time. In any case, he is a wealthy man and can afford to travel with the family, including the Maldives.

I spend all holidays in Russia, that’s just the tradition and will not pull, to be honest. New year holidays I was at home, then a couple of days ago I went to Siberia. And there was a frost of minus 33. But I like it.

The President of the organizers of the attack on Russian military facilities in Syria: “We know who they are, know how many and who they were paid to do this provocation.”Photo: Victor HUSEYNOV


About the conversation with Erdogan’s office from the editor-in-chief of “KP”

To the question about the terrorist attack on the Russian base in Syria drones Putin’s response was:

– I have just the one next door (it was the office of chief editor of “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. – Ed.) talked to the President of Turkey, and this issue was also discussed. There were provocateurs, but not the Turks. And we know who they are, know how many and who they were paid to do this provocation. Nothing good is not. These provocations directed on failure of previous agreements. And the second purpose is, of course, our relationship with our partners – Turkey and Iran. This is an attempt to destroy these relations. We understand this and that is why we act in solidarity.

As for the these attacks, we have no doubt that they are well prepared. We know when and where passed these aircraft, how many of them. These aircraft disguised as a cottage industry. In fact, there obviously has elements of high-tech in nature.

Intervention in U.S. elections is complete nonsense

Asked Putin and US charges of meddling in elections.

– I stress again – this is complete nonsense, complete nonsense, – said the President. No collusion, no intervention on our part was not. But normalization does not depend on us, we are ready to normalize for a long time. Just did the political situation in the States does not calm down. We see, we understand that the Russian card is played in the political life of the United States and all intimidate the current President’s impeachment, as arguments to give the alleged intervention of Russia.

I hope that there will sooner or later, the political fuss will end and will create conditions for normalization of relations. Will they have good will, can muster the courage, common sense, they understand, in the end, in the improvement of Russian-American relations interested themselves US, then everything is back to normal and will be the relationship to develop.

Vladimir Putin about vodka: “Well, what pride? It is not culture. This is, at best, a subculture”.Photo: Victor HUSEYNOV


Kim Jong-UN, his party won

There was a question about what is happening around North Korea.

– I think Mr. Kim Jong-UN, of course, the party has won, – has responded Putin. – He decided his strategic task: he has a nuclear warhead, there is now a global missile range up to 13 thousand kilometers, which can reach almost any point on the territory of his potential enemy. Now he is interested in that situation to clean up, to make amends, to reassure. Absolutely competent and Mature politician.

If we set ourselves trudnoreshaemyh the objective of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it is only through dialogue and through negotiation. The problem can be solved if all stakeholders, including the North Koreans, will be convinced and will believe that their security can be guaranteed without nuclear weapons.

Whiskey – really bad

The President was asked to allow advertising of spirits before the football world Cup in Russia to support the media.

– Some relief in this matter is already done, – Putin said. – Allowed advertising of beer and domestic wines produced from Russian grapes. What is there left? Vodka? Whiskey? Whiskey – well, it’s really bad. You want to have during such major sporting events we encouraged people vodka cracking

– Vodka – a part of our culture, our pride, – was the remark in response.

– Well, what pride? It is not culture. This is at best a subculture. Let us think.

Cryptocurrency is reminiscent of the deceived investors

Even Putin was asked about the future of cryptocurrencies in Russia. And here’s what he said:

– For today it is the prerogative of the Central Bank, and powers until he had enough. But in the future probably will need legislative regulation. CB behaves conservatively. But, in my opinion, this conservatism is justified because it is known that for a cryptocurrency is nothing, it cannot be a means of accumulation. For it has no material assets, nothing is assured. It can be a means of payment, it is done quickly and efficiently. You can pay, but no savings, no security. The fluctuations are enormous, today you gave it all you got, and tomorrow are all lost.

As well as defrauded real estate investors, we cannot afford a repeat of the situation with cryptocurrency. If we will handle it efficiently enough, then the state will be responsible for the situation in which people can get. Now it is mostly the responsibility of the person, and the state is only to prescribe: it can be, and this is impossible. And if will register more accurately, and immediately there are any problems that need to be addressed.




Vladimir Putin in “Komsomolskaya Pravda”: On elections, Donbass, Syria, the games with cryptocurrency, and vodka



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