Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan regarding the questions concerning the Crimean Tatar community, in light of the reunification of the Crimea with Russia, stated the press service of the Kremlin.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin conducted his yearly question and answer session with the public and citizens of Russia, this time spending approximately three hours and fifty minutes answering a wide range of questions in an impressive manner never once faltering or at a loss and citing facts, figures and details on everything from assisting a disabled man to obtain a home to the aggressive expansion of NATO to the East. This year the Kremlin added a the possibility of sending in video for those who wanted to ask the president questions, as well as text messages, e-mails, regular post, phone calls and submissions through the Internet.
For the twelfth time Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has interacted with Russians during his "hot line" aired on major TV and radio channels.
Russia is not going to pull down an iron curtain on the West, said Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday made an unexpected intervention in a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws. Snowden was granted asylum by Russia last August after he spent a month in the transit zone at a Moscow airport.
Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. "We have no fear - I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. "We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?" Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.
Presidential race in Ukraine proceeding in absolutely unacceptable forms; if this continues, we will be unable to recognize elections - Putin
A compromise regarding Ukraine must be reached by Ukrainian political forces rather than Russia and the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Can a compromise regarding Ukraine be reached between the United States and Russia? The compromise must be reached between various political forces inside Ukraine, not between third parties. This is of paramount importance; this is a keynote issue," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. "All we can do from the outside is to support it in some way and go along with it," he said.
The actions of Russian forces in Crimea were not premeditated, but extremely professional, said Russian President Vladimir Putin during his Q&A session. "Nothing was prepared beforehand; everything was done on the fly, so to speak, to accommodate the situation. But it was executed flawlessly and professionally," Putin said. He stressed that Russia’s intention was not to conduct a military operation in Crimea, but to ensure that the people of the peninsula could safely express their will during the referendum.
Ukrainian people must respect the Crimea's choice, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday. "If we treat each other with respect, we will have to recognize each other's right of choice. People who live in Ukraine, have to respect the choice of those who live in Crimea," Putin said during a live Q&A session Following the regime change in Ukraine in February, Crimea refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities and held a referendum that resulted in its reunification with Russia.
Putin assured that "there are no Russian instructors" in Ukraine. Russia wants to build constructive relations with Ukraine and the West, it has no intention of threatening its partners.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has opened his 12th live question-and-answer session Thursday noon with the topic of latest developments in Ukraine, which he described as a government coup. Presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov speculated on the eve of the event that this time Crimea, Ukraine and Russia’s social problems would be in focus. More than two million questions poured in over one week.
The decision to send tanks and combat aircraft to eastern Ukraine is another serious crime committed by the authorities in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. "Instead of realizing that something has gone wrong in the Ukrainian state and making attempts to start dialogue, they have intensified their threats to use force and have even decided to send tanks and aircraft against the civilian population. It is another very serious crime on the part of the current Kiev authorities," Putin said during his annual call-in live broadcast on Thursday.
The number of Russian citizens who declare their trust in President Vladimir Putin and have a positive attitude to him keeps growing, according to the results of the Levada Center's public opinion polls, Interfax reports. The number of Russians who say that they trust Putin totally has increased from 7% to 16%, and the number of those who "are more likely to trust him" has grown from 50% to 55% over the past year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual "direct line" call-in live televised broadcast will begin at noon Moscow time on April 17. In line with the traditions established by the previous programs, the head of state will answer questions from Russian citizens concerning issues of the country's social, political and socioeconomic life, as well as the international situation.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual "direct line" call-in live televised broadcast will begin at noon Moscow time on April 17, the Kremlin press service has reported. The program will be broadcast live on the Channel 1, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24 television stations, as well as the Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio of Russia radio stations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin will answer the questions of Russian citizens during a live broadcast on Thursday at noon. President’s press service has received some two million questions from Russian citizens. President’s spokesman Dmitriy Peskov thinks that the Crimea, Ukraine and social problems will be the main issues of the broadcast.
Crimea and current situation in Ukraine to be primary topic during Putin’s televised Q&A session - Peskov
A recent independent opinion poll in the streets of London found no shortage of people who said they are not buying the West’s characterization of Russia's alleged interventions in Ukraine under the helm of President Vladimir Putin, RIA reports.