tv Russian President Putins Annual Call- In Program CSPAN June 16, 2017 8:11am-9:01am EDT
>> during that time there was a well-known political figure in chicago, hugely respected man, senator dick new housing who everyone a black chicago believed could never go higher because he was married to a white woman. so, in the political tradition of black chicago in the late 1980s, in the early 1990s for a black man to aspire to represent black chicago is necessary to have a black staff. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span q&a. >> next, russian president vladimir putin hold his annual: program in moscow. he took questions on domestic and foreign policy including us relations and russia's role in syria and also commented on former fbi director james comey's testimony on capitol
hill. this is a 45 minute portion of the program. >> let 'er rip, basically so many people are calling you from different parts of the world trucks are studying the map, so right now, we have a phone call. >> afternoon i'm from the ukraine, why did you abandon us, we are not all supporters. we go to celebrations of the victory day, but why are we all represented in the same light in the media? >> thank you for your stance. thank you for your legacy, you just said you are part of the internal regiment march, the memory of the victory growth. you know, we don't try to
present everyone in the same fashion, but again we are afraid to offer public support. we are afraid to harm you. we try not to interfere in the domestic political affairs in the ukraine. we do appreciate your position. thank you so much for this call. >> mr. vladimir, what do your friends say on the subject like one who is helping with prisoner exchange? >> we do have a lot of friends in the ukraine. you just mentioned one. i got acquainted with him when he was head of the executive office, the first president of the ukraine. his main partner, the current
prime minister was head of the executive office of the head of the russia in those times. of the two good relations. i believe he is the ukrainian-- ukrainian nationalist. he doesn't like that definition. he believes he is an enlightened teacher at of ukraine, but his father was a member of the ukrainian nationalist army. his father was convicted by soviet court and he spent some time in jail, was exiled and that is where he was born. he has his own views on the independence of the ukraine. she's a supporter of the independence of the ukraine, but his values are based on the fundamentals of ukrainian
nationalists. who can-- pen their work in the 19th century and later. all of them preceded the assumption that ukraine needs to be independent, but it's to be a federation. it needs to be a federative state and one of them was straightforward saying the mechanical centralization, over centralization lead to complex in ukraine and that's exactly what we see in ukraine today. he promotes their ideas, does
this in public, makes statement, research, writes articles on this issue. some people don't like it, but this is the way he thinks. by the way, those people who promote ukrainian independence and nationalists have never seen , you know some of them believe that crimea should not be part of ukraine again, anyone says-- everyone said that democracy should prevail that ukraine should be a federation and he shares the same values, but given this, he promotes very good relations with russia, it
might not be a union, but again we need a good level of economic integration. he says it is embarrassing to destroy the shared energy, shared infrastructure, networks, share financial and industrial networks and collaboration. it's embarrassing to destroy. it would be expedient to have it like this and so he speaks on behalf of the people. he feels these are interest of the people and he's not alone, so we got this call with a person who said he is taking part in the events to commemorate the memory of their forefathers.
he is of the same opinion believing we need to take care of the legacy and to build on that wonderful legacy. he's been helping in the exchange on the half of the president of the ukraine. >> to continue, we have a question from social media. ukraine celebrated the regime with the eu and mr. bartsch and go even quoted saying goodbye to russia. >> no, i didn't see that statement yesterday. that was reported to me. there are four lines, that has
not been watched and goodbye to russia slaves in the land of windowless. well, it's good he knows russian authors, but there is another line. i might be able to hide yourself from their eyes, from their ever hearing ears, so he didn't like the atmosphere that was there in russia and he wanted to hide away, to escape, but first of all the author wrote that verse in 1841 or 1842 when he was on
his way to the caucuses to join the army. he defended the interest of his homeland. it was brave. the areas which now belong to ukraine were part of russia and he's the president of today's ukraine that says he wants to go somewhere. will, they have talked of the whole of russia including those area which now part of ukraine which are called ukraine today, so shouldn't be really-- mr. poroshenko shouldn't really boast about it and again that was during the caucuses. he was moving from one part of
russia to another part of russia he didn't actually leave russia. in fact, mr. poroshenko is also sending out a signal that he doesn't want to go anywhere and he does in a subtle way. certainly he needs to cater to the interests of those running around with swastikas, so he is saying well, i have interests of my own in russia and i don't want to leave. maybe that is a subtle hints, but that's my bold assumption. in fact the author just wanted to demonstrate that the people who elected him that he delivered on his pledge he had given that he's moving towards civilization and people say now he is leading his country to europe and again he wrote blue uniforms-- again, blue uniforms,
you know there are so many blue uniforms out there in that world that he is guiding his country. many more blue uniforms, so it doesn't need to-- he needs to look around to be on alert and again we don't have anything against them. i just want to say i wish you love. i wish you everything. i wish you good luck especially with those blue uniforms. we have nothing against you. going back to the root of this issue, then, we have-- we are open about it. the average-- again, if you pick it to dollar out and not that current currency is like 500 us dollars and that was roughly the
same in ukraine. they had like 450, 460 dollars, an average income. the situation is not extremely good here, but there we have 604 us dollars a month, the average salary. in ukraine is 251, a threefold. gas prices rose by three times and was an even bigger increase for individuals, households. if you take heat, water supplies , there was a 200% increase. pensions dropped by 45%. so, if you take hygiene and living, people in ukraine might have real problems in terms of getting washed or unwashed, you
know. it would be a big question. sometime in the future, which country is unwashed. certainly, you can find lots of russian and ukrainian literature that would be really really hits, but i would not do it. i would not use the same kind of language in response to mr. poroshenko out of respect for our joint belief, our shared history, our shared religion. if you want to be true european, closure accounts-- closure offshore accounts first and then talk of the benefits of the people. he said more than 170 years ago that ukraine has been fighting
and it's far too to the edge to an extremity and it's their own children, ukraine's own children who are punished and i hope this time in ukraine's period come in their history it will be over. >> , mr. vladimir, payment from arizona, usa. i am your big supporter. i am very pro- russian and i wish you good health and success in your life. my question is as follows, as an american in the usa and who sees the racist in the us, what kind of advice you can give me to help to clear things up, to help
my compatriots, the pedal-- people of great america to make them realize russia is not an enemy. >> first of all, i really appreciate your call. so, as head of russia i know with the sentiments of our people, we don't treat america as our file. twice in history as you probably know when it was really difficult, we joined our efforts and were allies in two world wars. the russian empire is-- during a certain period of time helped the united states gain independence and a supported the us. right now, we are seeing sentiment in the us we believe due to the increasing political struggle. i don't want to give you any advice, just want to thank you
for your stance. we know that there are a lot of friends out there in the us, friends of russia, my us colleagues told me and we are also had opinion polls several months ago that say that we have a lot of friends down there in the us. unfortunately, we have this hysteric atmosphere in the media that must have an impact, but definitely there are a lot of people in russia that have a lot of respect for the american people and help that eventually our relations would go back to normal and we are very much interested, both as in the us. >> our relations with the us have more question. let's continue on that topic. when we were preparing for the direct line conversation with our guess we realize that almost
everyone here is worried about that and wants to know more and from the sidelines many discussed the national issues and i would like to give the floor to the person who is not only worried about russia and the whole world. editor-in-chief. >> well, i would like to talk about relations with the us and russia, we have one trend, you mentioned it and the guest also mentioned it with the new initiative on something like sanctions against russia, but at the same time we see a global demand, not only for normalizing the relations between the two states, but for a major enhancement over all of those relations. mr. tiller said since he was appointed to that high position
in each of his meetings with foreign colleagues sees him listening to them and they say to enhance relations, immediately southeast asia all say the same thing that relations should be improved. he was referring-- in three weeks in hamburg there will be a meeting on the g20 with president trump. can we say that during the talks you will put an end to the negative and have foundation for positive development maybe for some may be overhauled our relations which will take place in the future and what fears, what problems is productive and usually beneficial to cooperate with the united states? and i think that the matters are
concerned not only for us, but for many other people in the world including the us. >> you are an experienced journalist. you know what you are talking about and you know really well the area. again, control over nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction, we are the biggest nuclear power and we need-- it's extremely important area. it's not just about north korea. it's true for other regions. fighting the negative impacts, you know, we know the white house climate deal, but again president trump said he wants to
negotiate a better deal, so we shouldn't just exchange. it's a dead end to start exchanging to offend each other. the biggest countries that you met the greenhouse gases. we also need to fight poverty together and as i said i have given you the figures in russia, but it's a disaster for some of the countries in the world. it's one of the root causes for radicalization and for people to become extremist. we need to decide together what we need to do. we need also to talk to europe, china. as for-- together with the us we have worked together to resolve
the uranian nuclear issue. we did come to an agreement, so there are-- it is a positive record and the previous us administration has acknowledged our contribution meaning we can work together. yes, we can. as for the syria issue, it's obvious to everyone that we cannot achieve every-- anything without close cooperation. there are other areas and we help the us can help us to resolve the the crisis in ukraine. we hope for a constructive approach, constructive contribution, so there are lots of areas that we need to work together, but it doesn't depend on our certainty. we see what's happening in the us and i would like to repeat again, this is on a parent side
of intensifying political standoff. we cannot really do anything about it, but we are open for constructive dialogue. >> i see there are some questions in her sector. thank you. also, the people the machinery construction sector and we have a guest here. today, mr. vladimir, just think about the intensification of the domestic conflicts in the us and of the whole world. >> can you speak up, please? >> the whole world needs debated , how developments are unfolding and by development having coffee creation between president trump and warmer fbi chief james comey. they speak about russian
traders, so what is your assessment of the situation? what can be the consequences? >> well, i didn't really know the details of the testimony of james comey, former fbi director , but i am aware of some of the details he you shared, what kind of impression do i have. number one, james comey said he believes that's russia did interfere into the election process and doesn't give any evidence. he says they really affected our hearts and minds, but it is it really different in the world?
the us always has its propaganda always supports and geos, us leading and geo and now they have an impact on our hearts and mind in attempt to, you know, sway the public opinion including during the election process. take the globe and you can put your finger in any country in any region of the world and us interests are everywhere. i know this because i talk to leaders of other countries. just want to say in the open because they don't want to have it out with the us, but everyone says the same. what are they want? do they want everyone to bow down to them? just have an open stance and speak it out openly. we just speak out. he says there's no evidence in
as meddling with the count of the votes. well, luckily it's good he doesn't go as far as blaming us for that. and he says he wrote a memo of his talk, conversation with the president and then he leaked it by a friend of his to the press. looked really strange when memorize your conversation with the supreme commander in chief and leaked it to the press. does it make him any difference than mr. snowden? mr. snowden is a activist that defends a position and again, some kind of persecution and we would be ready to offer political assignment-- a silent to mr. comey if he is persecuted
in the us. >> i am transferring the call to natalia. our call center is overloaded with almost 2 million questions coming. we receive 107 video calls a minute. social media is overloaded. we are watched and listened to buy like thousands of people and i give the floor to one of them. hello, please ask your question and introduce yourself, please. >> good day. im from-- i'm worried about the problems: problems.
we will try to respond in a way that we would ensure the interests of the people and the environment to minimize the harm. what is your name? >> andrea. >> together with you we will take a look and please share your contact information and again, we will reply on whether any effects will be made, any measures will be taken. >> thank you so much. >> and it now let's take a look at what people write in social media with #i'm watching. we have 117,000 comments on social media. please put on the screen some of the recent comments we have received. i'm reading and watching. so nice to see people who really care, social leaders to be heard
well, thank you for that comment of yours. if we may, can you put on live one of the video calls from social media? our editors are trying to reach out to the lie that users and for now let's continue looking at what people write in social media. we are about to see comment and. well, the president started to talk about the key is that. i don't think in russia there is anything more important than the fight against corruption and that is something that is undermining the country. your turn, colleague. well, one more important topic which worries our audience and that is the so-called optimization of the healthcare services.
one of the questions that have been reached out and we are about to listen to him. we are in the middle of the peninsula, city emerged near the major-- [inaudible] >> locals say the biggest problem today is the disability of healthcare services, i mean, the lack of healthcare services and that's a good example. this is the building of the local hospital that was not finished. it was supposed be filled with the doctors of the new hospital, but now it's abandoned and being distracted by the weather and the time. no one will complete and locals complain there are no doctors.
some fight severe disease. several days ago she ask to present a question. we are here to give her an opportunity to talk to the president. >> good day, mr. vladimir. i'm 24 years old and have been diagnosed with 4-degree cancer. initially, they said that no one felt it was cancer and now i have no more time. people were treating not my back, they were doing massage, some injections and then i come into hospital with severe bleeding where the hospitals-- the doctors told me it was cancer.
we don't have enough specialized doctors, which would say that people making correct forecasts. we don't have the nursery, the cardiology center. we don't have anything. we have to go to a nearby city if we need any medical help. if we need some major or serious operations, if we need any kind of diagnosis we go there. it's a difficult to do this. it's quite expensive, not affordable for many people. i don't ask at this for myself, i just want some help for my people for their citizens,
please help us. help us to rebuild the hospital. help us to restore what we used to have, ambulance quite often fails to get the people to the hospital in time. we have only one hospital, only one center. a friend of mine, his mother died because the ambulance failed to get her on time. she had a heart attack and she was only 50 years of age. understand? people at truly worried about their lives. that's not one case, many times folks of the hospital, we want to survive. we need your help. please help us. we need to have-- our town to have everything it needs. thank you. >> as a rule, you know, i don't
talk about my personal matters or my personal life, but looking at you i can't say, the same happened with my father. they said he-- he was diagnosed with back pain and they gave him massage and my mom told me, your father cries because of the pain and then i moved him to a different hospital. he had the same what you had and even at this stage they found-- and that was a long time ago, but they found sufficient medication and he died, not because of the illness that he was diagnosed with, so i urge
you not to-- remain hopeful and certainly i will try to look into how we can help you personally. as for healthcare issues and i would like to tell you and all those who are present here, all of our russian citizens, we know that there are always healthcare issues and patients are critical of what has been done in healthcare and again, it happens everywhere. take the us, it was because the former president did on overhaul of that area. he passed a law that was under fire and the newly elected president repealed that reform in the same is happening in
europe. we all have a lot of problems in our healthcare. we have introduced out patient clinics and new centers. we build 2000 new institution in three years, so we do have progress, but there is a problem that we don't have specialists in specific niche areas and that's why we still have cues, but these cues are not physical, but in tronic ones. is no better. we need to switch it to a new type of registration and it has to work. most importantly, it needs to be accessible. it needs to be accessible to people.
in your case, well, definitely we will look into it. i don't know what was the reason why they closed down the hospital. you know, it is a major mining city. people work in the different-- difficult sectors and they need a special care. special attention. they need formal criteria that is queued up and not too far away. people that you just told us, so we either need to restore the previous one or two complete the rest-- construction of this one and we will also help you personally. thank you. good luck to you. we wish you good health. thank you. >> we hope you get better.
among all the questions, we had some which people ask you to help to the military. they want to go and serve the country and that was not the case before. will get back to that event later, but now let's continue our conversation with the gas. thank you. >> in the studio we have young professionals from it world skills movement, an organization that works on professional confidences. he is 19 years old, and a professional us in the hotel business at one of the european championship states. what makes you worried it today? >> well, i would like to thank you for supporting our movement. we are working closely with major crop corporations, but we would like to have circulation
with small sized businesses. can you give us advice on how to urbanized our relations and have that kind of contact line? we care about our future. can you tell us how we going to see the increase of the age when >> i will reply to your first question. despite all the issues that we talked about and there is the speaker who raised this earlier, but it is still moving forward and what's really good is that we have a lot of high-tech companies. we have a new item of export. we had the experts worth 7 billion. it used it to be zero, but this area has been developing fast.
so, we need-- you need to look at those fast-growing companies. number two, our majors need to have a network of as a network that will support them, so that we need to rely on our own high tech needs and not to look abroad, so you need to use these big corporations in an effort to strike partnership. going back to your second question, you know, there's a lively debate and some experts believe that it is the only way for us to size that experience
of other countries including our neighbors like ukraine and almost all other countries, not to mention europe. well, we can compare us with europe because of life expectancy, but again our neighbors-- we have to be really cautious. has the boot-- decision been made? no, but it is being discussed. experts are discussing it. the government is discussing it. unless we do it, the level of attention that would pull down the pension size would go down and again, structural changes, the amount of people working people who would have to pay for the pension system would shrink.
so, the amount of nonworking population would increase, the amount of work you population would shrink. these are the realities we are facing. we have to take this into account, but again we need to take such decisions in a prudent way. >> many retired people refuse to entire and continue to work. they want to work and even now people find problems. he's 52 years old and he has refused to give up his job. and women who is 42 and no one wants to take her up and she is worried about her future. >> well, this is different issue. we need to provide for
requalification of people. we need to retrain people. we need to ensure mobility, so that people can move from one region to another, not just to move ends leaves somewhere as bombs. we need to provide for the housing. we need construction ready for this multilayer multifaceted issue. we know this and there are special company talents with this issue is most important. we do have a blueprint, but we need to step up our activities. >> let's proceed from retirement problems to the age of 70 countries. some people complain that they cannot go because they are too old. many people want to go and serve , went to the to the military and we are going--
people are now giving their all before starting their service. >> good afternoon. we are near the russian monument as we know there are the remnants of 35000 people. today, people give their allegiance, those who are to serve in the separate units. that is a very famous units with rich history of victories and calamities and not only to serve in that unit we see all of the water how people come and say the words of their own in front of the flags, russian federation
and of their units and now, we see their parents, friends and relatives coming from different parts of our country for them. a wonderful moment. can you please introduce yourself. >> today, my son takes his oath in this historic place. coming from the moscow region, the decision was-- to serve was taken by himself. he studied for two years at the medical college in moscow and he decided to go and serve his homeland, our homeland. im retired soldier and i can only say i support his decision. moscow sees us and hears us.
you can ask any question. >> that's unexpected, i should say. i'm a retired officer and i'm interested to know more about our military and i would like to ask one thing, what are the lessons which are military have learned when working syria, what are the future of our troops there. >> first of all i would like to congratulate you and your son on taking the oath of allegiance. well, that's a big occasion for every man, every russian citizen
especially for those who have decided on their own to serve the people of russia. back to your question. there are several aspects to it. well, it's really good for our defense sector. we deploy state-of-the-art armament systems and we were able to see how it worked in practice and to adjust them back at the plants. we knew these were defective weapons, but we needed to test them. when we saw how they performed it's a different story and we have those company
representatives in syria. they see how the equipment performs. they make adjustments and there's a lot of research behind it to perfect those weapons and as for the russian troops, i would say that this is very positive, invaluable experience. the russian troops have now achieved it a new level of combat readiness. we have deployed and set up units. as for our plans, we went to ensure a peaceful political process between all of the
worried parties. the short term, we went to strengthen combat readiness of the syrian forces and then use what we have so the syrian forces themselves would operate on their own and achieve their goals. they can use this aviation. we can provide them are support to fight terrorist groups. those are the plans we have for syriac. >> we go live now to a discussion that should get underway shortly on seal