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    A record 1,700 journalists from Asia, Europe, the US and the Middle East have been accredited for this year’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    President Vladimir Putin is holding his traditional end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday – the first since the beginning of his new presidential term. The much-anticipated event is taking place in Moscow’s World Trade Centre and is being translated into English, French and German for the convenience of foreign reporters.

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    • 16:20

      Putin's Presser in Numbers: Russian President Answered 66 Questions in Almost 4-Hour Event

      66 questions in almost 4 hours and one selfie with Putin

    • 15:53

      Putin Says His Health OK, Tries to Take Care of It Like Everyone Else

      Speaking about health, it is the same as any man's.

      I, fortunately, do sports, and I am fine, I am trying to care of it, of my health. Just like everybody else I can catch a flu or something like that during the off-season, but today everything is okay, thanks a lot for your concern", Putin said.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018
      © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev
    • 15:49

      They Don't Tweet About It: Putin on Western Media’s Coverage of Russian Sailors Detained in Ukraine

      Reflecting on the provocation by Ukrainian warships in the Kerch Strait in late November, Putin pointed to the fact that Western media remained silent about the seizure of Russian sailors aboard the vessel "Nord" in the neutral waters of the Sea of Azov by Ukraine.

      Vessel Nord
      © Photo : Border Guard Service of Ukraine
    • 15:46

      Putin: Russia Has Right to Pursue Military Policy on its Own Territory and Will Exercise It

      “In 2014 people living in Crimea went to the referendum and voted for reunification with Russia. After a set of domestic procedures, Crimea became a part of Russia. We have the right to implement our military policy on our territory the way we want to. Russia’s security would be ensured, we are not going to come up with something extra, but what's required will be done”.

    • 15:37

      Presidential Election, FIFA World Cup Are Two Major Events for Russia in 2018 - Putin

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      Preliminary results of the Russian presidential election shown on a screen at the information center of the Russian Central Election Commission. Fourth right: Ella Pamfilova, chairperson of the Russian Central Election Commission
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    • 15:27

      Putin: Doping Was Used, But Was Never Supported at State Level

      Asked if the issue of doping in sports has become politically motivated, Putin said that Russia was partially to blame for the situation.

      “Doping was used, but they are trying to impose on us that it was backed by the government,” which is untrue, he emphasised, adding that Russia was unable to fight doping successfully in the past, but it has since made much progress.

    • 15:20

      Putin Says Ready for Possible Meeting With Trump

      President Putin said that Moscow is interested in discussing the problem of North Korea, the situation in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations with Washington, expressing hope they will improve in the future.

      He went on to note that he does not know whether Trump will be able start a direct dialogue with Russia under current conditions.

      "We see what is happening there [in the US]. Now the leadership in the Congress will change. We can forecast with nearly 100-percent accuracy that there will be new attacks on the incumbent president. I do not know whether he will be able to start a direct dialogue with Russia in these conditions. You should ask them", Putin said.

      Annual big press conference of the Russian President V. Putin
      © Sputnik / Ilya Pitalev
    • 15:06

      Putin: Transactions in Dollars Decreasing, Role of Rouble as Reserve Currency Growing

      Vladimir Putin has also commented on the global de-dollarisation trend and the role of the rouble in transactions.

      “As for de-dollarisation, the transactions in dollars have decreased, according to IMF data. […] As for the role of the rouble, its role as reserve currency used in transactions, it’s been mostly used in the Eurasian economic union and in the post-soviet territory. Its role will become stronger, it is reliable and does not entail any additional costs”.

      In order to make it stronger, we need to reduce volatility, the currency exchange rate has to be stable, ensure a low inflation rate, as well as to develop the financial infrastructure, Putin added. 

    • 14:57

      Kemal Ataturk Created Modern Turkey, He Was A Good Friend of Russia - Putin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018
      © Sputnik / Evgeny Biyatov

      As for the current leadership, Putin said that Russia appreciated Turkey’s independent foreign policy despite the country’s NATO membership and hoped that it would stick to the same course.

      President Putin said that he had on multiple occasions expressed interest in holding a meeting with his US counterpart Donald Trump to discuss a wide range of issues. At the same time, he emphasised that he was not sure whether such a meeting will take place.

    • 14:36

      Russia Hopes to Have Reliable Data on Murder of Russian Journalists in CAR Via Diplomatic Channels, Putin Says

      In July 2018, three Russian nationals were found dead in a bullet-riddled car in the Central African Republican and were later identified as journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Kirill Radchenko, and Alexander Rastorguyev.  

      Commenting on the investigation into the case, Putin said that the journalists had not notified the government of their trip to CAR, and travelled there as tourists. According to preliminary data, the murder was perpetrated by some local militant groups, Putin added.

      Annual big press conference of the Russian President V. Putin
      © Sputnik / Alexey Druzhinin
    • 14:26

      Putin: Russia-UK Ties are at Impasse, Both Countries Interested in Breaking Deadlock

      Commenting on bilateral ties between Russia and the United Kingdom that have been marred by the Skripal case, Putin said that Moscow was interested in restoring full relations with London. He said that giant British companies continue to maintain a presence on the Russian market.

      As for the UK’s future outside the European Union, the Russian president said that Prime Minister Theresa May had little choice but to implement Brexit and respect the will of the British people. 

      Anti-Brexit demonstrators protest outside Parliament as British PM Theresa May was attending Prime Minister's questions in London, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018
      © AP Photo / Matt Dunham
    • 14:20

      ‘Girls, Don’t Give Up Hope!’ SM Reacts to Putin’s Pledge to ‘Marry Someday’

      A journalist to Putin: When will you marry? 

      Putin: Are you married and want me be as well? )) Well, as a decent person, I'll someday have to do it. )) 

      Girls, do not give up hope!

      A journalist at Putin's annual press conference: "I'm looking for happiness!"

      I think I have found the strategy for the next press conference.

    • 14:13

      Putin: It Would Be Wrong to Assess French Authorities’ Actions Amid ‘Yellow Vests’ Rallies

      'Yellow vest' proteststers blocked Champs-Élysées avenue in Paris
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      Speaking about the Yellow Vest protests in France, Putin said it was wrong to assess the French government's actions, adding that it was necessary to ensure the French people’s rights to express their views, but within the framework of the law. 

      “The developments in France are certainly linked to the rise in diesel prices... but mostly it’s been triggered by the release of indignation by a large portion of the population… around 70  percent of the population, as I understand, supports that [the protest]. The French government wanted to raise prices on purpose, what they wanted to do is to redistribute resources and to channel the money that they would have earned from the increase into developing renewables. But people do not like such change”.

      When comparing the hike in petrol prices in France and Russia, Putin said that while France had done it deliberately, the Russian government tried to fight the increase.

      "The events in France are, naturally, linked to the petrol, diesel price hike, but that was more likely a trigger for the general dissatisfaction of a large part of society to then spill out," Putin said at an annual press conference.

    • 14:12

      ‘This Has Not Happened Since Soviet Times’: Putin Says There Was Direct State Interference in Church Affairs in Ukraine

    • 14:05

      Most Bizzare Journalist Costumes at Putin's Press Conference

    • 13:56

      Crimea Referendum Should be Recognised if Sanctions Imposed Against All Peninsula’s People

      Commenting on the sanctions against Crimea and Sevastopol, Putin said that if the West described the referendum and the subsequent reunification as “annexation” and the inhabitants of the peninsula had nothing to do with it, then there was no point in imposing restrictions that affect everyone living there. If sanctions were introduced over the vote, then the West should recognise its outcome: 

      “The sanctions were introduced against them, against you… What kind of sanctions? Restrictions on movement, restrictions associated with exit, obtaining visas, restrictions associated with financial transactions, restrictions associated with the work of insurance companies, the use of maritime and other infrastructure. That is, it affects almost all people who live on this territory”.

      Counting votes of referendum on status of Crimea, March 2014.
      © Sputnik / Valeriy Melnikov
    • 13:55

      Putin Says That Like a Decent Man He Will Marry Someday

      Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during annual news conference in Moscow, Russia December 20, 2018
      © REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

      Asked when he will tie the knot, Putin said he would “have to” get married “as a decent man someday”.

      September 10, 2016. Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, at the City Days opening ceremony held on Red Square, Moscow

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    • 13:47

      Putin on US Withdrawal From Syria: I Don't Know What It Means

      Commenting on President Donald Trump’s decision to pull US troops out of Syria, Putin said that he generally agreed with his American counterpart that progress had been made in defeating Daesh.

      "In general, I agree with the US president. I have also said it, we have achieved significant changes in the fight on terror on that territory, and we dealt serious blows to Daesh in Syria. There is a danger of these groups and those similar to them relocating to the neighbouring regions, to Afghanistan, and other countries."

      At the same time, he said he was not sure about the withdrawal of the troops, citing the example of Afghanistan, where US troops have been deployed for over 17 years despite Washington's consistent announcements of plans to leave the country.

      Putin elaborated that the US military presence in Syria was illegitimate.

    • 13:28

      No Logic in Imposition of Sanctions Over Skripal Case, Khashoggi Killing - Putin

      Various police, Army and other emergency service personal attend a scene in Durrington near Salisbury, England, Monday March 19, 2018, as a car is taken away for further investigation into the suspected nerve agent attack on Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia
      © AP Photo / Ben Birchall/PA

      According to Putin, there’s no logic in the imposition of sanctions over the Skripal and Khashoggi cases – these examples, he said, serve as a pretext to take additional measures to contain Russia.

      "Khashoggi has been assassinated, Skripal is, thank God, alive," the Russian president remarked, adding that no sanctions followed against anyone after the Khashoggi murder.

    • 13:20

      Moscow Has No Illusions About “Defensive” Nature of US Missile Systems in Japan - Putin

      Dwelling on Russia-Japan relations, Putin said that Moscow was concerned about the deployment of US missile defence systems in the country, and added that security issues were extremely important in inking a peace treaty with Tokyo.

      Russia doesn’t have any illusions about the “defensive” nature of US missile defences in Japan, as they work in synch with offensive weapons, Putin elaborated. The president added that, while understanding all security implications linked to the US military infrastructure in Japan, Russia was still interested in a peace treaty.

      "While we understand it all, we nevertheless still strive and will continue to strive, sincerely, to sign a peace treaty with Japan because I am convinced, and [Japanese] Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe is also convinced that the current situation is not normal. Both Japan and Russia are interested in a full settlement in our relations", Putin said.

       Annual big press conference of the Russian President V. Putin
      © Sputnik / Natalya Seliverstova
    • 13:16

      ‘I Don't Understand What She Can Plead Guilty to’: Putin Says No Grounds for Accusations Against Russian Citizen Butina

      “The fact that they are forcing this Butina to confess to something, I do not understand what she can plead guilty to, because she did not fulfil any tasks of Russia’s state agencies. This is what I can responsibly declare to you, no matter what she says under threats of spending 12-15 years in jail. I do not understand why she was jailed. There is simply no reason”.

    • 13:14

      ‘They Don't Reckon With This, But Should’: Putin Says Anti-Russia Sanctions Linked to Growth in Russia’s Might

      "There’s only one goal I see behind [the sanctions against Russia], which is to prevent Russia from developing, we are seen as a rival”.

      The president went on to say that Russia has been living under sanctions throughout its history.

      "Our economy has been adjusting itself to the new restrictions… Sanctions against Russia are linked to the growth of its might, competitiveness, they don’t reckon with this, but they should”.

    • 13:07

      Yellow Vests and Bright Costumes: How Journalists Try to Attract Putin's Attention

      Journalist Diana from an internet portal in Volgograd has dressed up as a snow maiden, in the hope that #Putin will see her, everything will be better for her in the region # PutinPresser2018 #Russia

      Even the yellow vests are at # PutinPresser2018 - these colleagues would like an answer from #Putin as they did from #Macron on the protests, they want to ask the president about pension reform and rising gasoline prices

    • 13:02

      Detaining Rappers for Explicit Songs is Wrong - Russian President

      Putin said that detaining rappers for explicit songs doesn't help anything, but backfires instead. At the same time, he said that there was a need to battle the promotion of drugs:

      “If there are songs with four-letter words, alright, let them be. […] but there are other things…like drug propaganda… it will lead to the degradation of our nation, of our youth…”

    • 12:48

      Putin: Kiev’s Provocation in Black Sea Designed to Exacerbate Tensions Ahead of Election

      "I believe that provocations are never successful. They always seek to escalate the situation ahead of elections [in Ukraine]… It harms the interests of the people, it harms the interest of the state. As to whether it was successful, maybe when it comes to boosting [presidential] ratings, it was…"

      The Russian president further said that Kiev had sent Ukrainian servicemen to the Kerch Strait “hoping that they would die, but, thank God, this did not happen”.

      He added that they had violated Russia’s maritime border, and once the criminal investigation is over, it will be clear what to do with the detained servicemen.

      The president concluded that the abnormal situation in Russia-Ukraine ties will continue while Russophobes are in power in Kiev.

      Annual big press conference of the Russian President V. Putin
      © Sputnik / Natalya Seliverstova
    • 12:41

      Tendency to Underestimate Threat of Nuclear War in the World is Increasing - Putin

      The president said that Russia had indeed obtained advantage due to new weapons, but in general it’s nothing more than maintaining parity, the Russian president said.

      “The danger of the situation escalating is being downplayed. It now seems to be impossible, something of not critical importance. But if something like that happens, that might lead to the collapse of the entire civilisation, and maybe even our planet. They [the US] are withdrawing from the INF Treaty. It’s hard to imagine what will happen next. We are not striving to have an advantage, we are striving to keep a proper balance. We can ensure safety, we know how to do that".

      Putin added that today there is a trend of lowering the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons – something which could lead to a global disaster.

    • 12:25

      Russia's Budget Surplus in 2018 to Be Around 2.1% of GDP - Putin

      Vladimir Putin has noted that the budget surplus is a good indicator of the Russian government's work.

      "For the first time since 2011, we have a budget surplus. We will reach the federal budget surplus of about 2.1 percent of GDP [in 2018]".

      Museum of the Central Bank of Russia

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    • 12:23

      'We Need a Breakthrough': Putin Says Russia Needs National Projects

      Speaking about national projects, the Russian president noted that the country can't ensure GDP growth, required for a breakthrough, without changing the economy's structure.

      “We need a breakthrough, we need to leap into a new technological order, without this the country has no future. […] It is essential to concentrate the available resources, to find and concentrate on the most important areas of development”.

    • 12:14

      Russia's Unemployment in 2018 Will Go Down to 4.8% Against 5.2% in 2017 - Putin

      "Unemployment is coming down, which is great. If last year it was at a historic minimum of 5.2 percent, this year it’s going to be even lower - 4.8 percent".

    • 12:10

      Press Conference of Russian President Vladimir Putin Begins

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    • 12:04

      #PutinPresser2018: No Toys or Bright Emblems to Attract President's Attention

      Journalists have been using well-established methods to attract the attention of the head of state and ask him a question, including all kinds of banners, toys, and bright emblems. This year the organisers of the press conference asked reporters not to bring posters larger than A3 paper size since they interfere with the work of photographers and cameramen.  

    • 12:01

      Putin Press Conferences in Numbers: From the Longest to the Shortest

      The duration of the annual press conference is a regular subject of speculation: Putin’s first meeting with journalists in 2001 was the shortest and lasted only 95 minutes. The longest presser took place in 2008, with President Putin answering the questions for four hours and 40 minutes.

    • 11:50

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