Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a major end-of-the-year press conference on Thursday noon Moscow time (09:00 GMT), addressing the nation's economic concerns and issues on the international agenda.
After Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, experts assessed the event as "anti-crisis" and called his words honest.
From the war against Daesh to the economy, pensions, sports, and everything in between, there were plenty of serious moments during President Vladimir Putin's 3 hour + press conference. But enough serious business. Sputnik looks back at the annual presser event's more light-hearted moments, as commented on by Twitter.
Willy Wimmer, a former German deputy defense secretary said that the best way to explain the policy of Russia to the German people would be to transmit events like the recent press conference given by Russian President Vladimir Putin live on German TV and radio stations in German language live.
A record number of journalists attended the annual press conference held by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday, December 17, 2015.
Every year President Putin holds his year-end Q&A session, where both Russian and foreign reporters get to address the country’s major problems and achievements directly with the head of state. And every year journalists try to sneak in some personal questions. This year was no exception. Here is a selection of some of the president’s top answers.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the decision to halt flights from Russia to Egypt is not linked to distrust in the Egyptian authorities.
Russia is planning to continue developing its Naval base in Sevastopol, Putin said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that US presidential hopeful Donald Trump is "the absolute leader of the presidential race".
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he does not consider a need to stop gas transit to Europe through Ukraine as necessary.
Though the Russian president said he had never discussed his family in public (first of all, due to security concerns), Putin nevertheless said that his daughters live in Russia and were educated in Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow did not put any pressure on FIFA in order to hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that no country may, or has the right to spread its jurisdiction on other countries, especially on international organizations.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that as far as the territorial integrity of Georgia is concerned, this is an issue for Georgian, Abkhazian and South Ossetian people.
Appointing Georgian ex-President Mikhail Saakashvili the head of Ukraine's Odessa region is a "spit in the face" to the Ukrainian people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
Russian President said that European leaders asked Russia not to strip Ukraine of trade preferences and to keep in place the free trade zone.
Vladimir Putin said that fight against terror continues in Russia, but the backbone of terrorism has already been broken.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is not intending to introduce any kind of sanctions against Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the military operation in Syria does not carry any serious burden for Russian budget.
Vladimir Putin said that Russia tried maintaining its economic relations with Ukraine.