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and former fbi director james companies -- james comey's testimony. >> people in different parts of the world you can study the map. right now we have a phone call
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from kiev. dimitri, ask your question please. >> good afternoon my name is dimitri i live in the ukraine. why do you abandon us? >> we are not all supporters of - we go to celebrations of the victory day but why are we all represented in this same life? in the media? >> over - thank you. there is a march in the memory of - we do not try to present everyone in the same fashion. but again, we are afraid to offer public support. we are afraid to harm you. try not to feed into the
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domestic political affairs in the ukraine. certainly, we do appreciate your position. thank you so much for this call. >> mr. putin what do your friends say on the subject like - was helping with prison exchange. >> we do have a lot of friends in ukraine.you just mentioned mr. - i got acquainted with him when he was head of the executive office of president - has made partner was - because he is the current prime minister and was head of the office of the president of russia in those times. and we still have good relations. he has his own convictions. i believe he is a ukrainian nationalist.
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he doesn't like that definition. he believes he is in -- and enlightened nationalist. -- he spent some time in jail and was exiled. and that is where he was born. he has his own views on the independence in ukraine. he is a supporter of independence of ukraine. but his system of values is based on fundamental works of ukrainian nationalist. who pens their works in the 19th century. and later we had mr. - if my
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memory serves me right, he, a modern figure. and all of them proceeded from the assumption that ukraine needs to be independent. but it needs to be a federation. it needs to be a federative state. and one of them, it is a mechanical centralization. over centralization would lead to internal conflicts in ukraine. that is exactly what we see in ukraine today. - promotes their ideas. he does this in public. he makes statements, did a lot of research and rights articles on this issue. some people do not like it but this is the way he thinks.
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by the way, those people who promote ukrainian independence and nationalist, they've never seen you know some of them believe that he should not be part of ukraine. again, anyone said that democracy, 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 to have a good level of economic integration. he says it is really embarrassing to destroy the shared energy, shared
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infrastructure, and industrial corporation. and collaboration. this is embarrassing to destroy. and he feels that would be expedient to have like this. so he speaks in behalf of the people. he feels is in the interest of the people and he is not alone. we got this call, he is in kiev and he takes part in the events to commemorate the memory of our forefathers. he is of the same opinion. he believes that we need to take care of the legacy and build on that wonderful legacy. he has been helping in the change of prisoners on behalf of the president of ukraine.
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>> to continue, on this topic we have a question from social media. the ukraine celebrated the regime with eu and mr. - even courted lament of saying goodbye to russia. >> no i did not see that statement but yesterday it was reported to me.they reported to me the evening that mr. orashenko, there were four lines. goodbye russia. and goodbye to russia, lynn to
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slaves and that of -- is glad that she knows the russian classic but there is another line. i might be able to hide myself from your - and the eyes and from there and then every hearing here is. and from there in the years beyond the mountains. he did not like the fear that was there in the, and russia. he wanted to hide away to escape. first of all, - in 1841 or 1842. when he was on his way to the caucuses to join the army, he was an officer and he defended the interests of his own land. he was a brave officer.
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and the areas which now belong to ukraine, they were part of russia. and he is the president of today's ukraine. such that he wants to go somewhere, well he wants to go somewhere. including those areas of which are not part of ukraine. and he was there in the caucuses and it was part of the russian empire. he was moved from one part of russia to another part of russia. he did not actually leave russia. in fact, perhaps he is also sent as a signal that he doesn't want to go anywhere and he does it in a subtle way. he needs to cater to the
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interests of the scoundrels running around with swastikas. he is saying that will i've interests of my own in russia and i do not want to leave. maybe that is a hint. a subtle hint. but that is my bold assumption. but in fact, he just wanted to demonstrate to the voters that he delivers on the pledge that he has given. he is moving towards a civilization you know as people say now that he is leaving his country to europe. and again, he wrote blue uniforms and you obedient to them folks. again, blue uniforms. there are so many blue uniforms - out there in the world in which he is guiding his country. many more blue uniforms.so he does not need to rest his morals.
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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. now getting back to the root of the issue, again, we have that drop in the income and we are hoping about it. the average income, again, if you do that to the dolly and not ukrainian currency, we had like us$540. that was the average income in russia. and that was roughly the same in ukraine. they had like 454 $460, that is an average income. the situation is not extremely good here but in april, we have
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624 us dollars a month. does the average salary. in ukraine it is 251. a threefold gap. gas prices rose by three times and there was an even bigger increase for individuals with households. if you take heat, water supplies, there was a 200 percent increase, pensions dropped by 45 percent. if you take living standards and hygiene you know people in ukraine might have real problems in terms of getting washed or unwashed. sometime in the future which countries certainly can find examples on russian and ukrainian literature. which would be really really
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but i would not do it. i would not use the same kind of language in response to mr. orashenko, because of our shared history, shared religion. if you want to be a true european, close your accounts, close your offshore accounts first. and then talk of the benefits of the people. mr. orashenko more than 170 years ago it was said that ukraine has been brought to the edge of extremity. and it is ukraine's own children who are punished more than the polls and i hope that in this time in ukraine's history, it will be over.
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>> hello mr. putin. i live in 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 who is here in the usa and who sees the racist phobia which is here in the us, what kind of advice can you give me to help to clear things up? to help my compatriots, the people of great america to make them realize russia is not an enemy? first of all, i really appreciate your call.
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>> so has had as russia, i know the sentiments of our people, we do not treat america as our foe. tryce and history as you probably know, when it was really difficult we joined our efforts and were analyzed in two world wars. the russian empire at a certain period in time helped the united states to gain independence and supported the us. right now we are seeing russo phobic sentiment we believe is due to the increasing political struggle.i do not want to give you any advice. i just wanted to thank you for your stance. we know there are a lot of fans out there in the us. friends of russia. my us colleagues told me and we also had opinion polls several
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months ago that say we have a lot of friends out there in the us. unfortunately, we have this hysteric atmosphere in the media, it must have an impact. but definitely, there are a lot of people that have a lot of respect to the achievements of the american people and hope that eventually, our relations will go back to normal. and we are very much interested in it, both us and the us. >> will about the relations with us we have more questions. let's continue about that topic. we will be conversation without guessing because everyone here is worried about that and wants to know more.on the sidelines many discuss international issues even today. i would like to give the four to the person who is not only worried about russia but the whole world.
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so the editor-in-chief. >> i would like to talk about relations between the us and russia. we have one trend, you mentioned it. and the guest also mentioned there is russo phobia and transport like sanctions against russia. but at the same time we see a global demand. not only for normalizing the relationships between the two states but for a major enhancement overall of those relations.mr. tillerson and the senate said, since he was appointed to that high position, each meeting with foreign colleagues sees him listening to them. and they asked him, middle east, southeast asia also the same thing. relationships should be
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improved.he was referring to the budget from the state department. a few weeks in hamburg and there will be a meeting of the g 20 and you are to meet with president trump. can we say that you, and the talks will put an end to the negative trend laying the foundation for some positive developments? maybe for some major overhaul of our relations. which would take place in the future. what regions, there is -- it is productive and mutually beneficial to cooperate with the united states. and i think that these matters of concern not only for us but for many other people in the world, not only in the us. >> you are an experienced journalist. you know what you're talking about and you know really well what is in the area with
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operations in the us. again, that is control over a nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction. we are the biggest nuclear power and we need to - it is an extremely important area. it is not just about north korea. it is true for other regions. they are fighting poverty, fighting negative impacts. you know, we know the white house and the climate but again president trump said to negotiate a better deal. we shouldn't just exchange - it is a dead-end to start
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exchanging -. ps is one of the biggest country that emits greenhouse gases. we also need to fight poverty together. as i said, we have given you the figures in russia. but it is a disaster for some of the countries in the world. it is one of the causes for radicalization and for people to become extremists. we need to decide together what we need to do. we need also to talk to europe, india, china. ask for the hotspots and together with the united states, we have worked together to resolve the iranian nuclear issue. we did come to an agreement. so that is a positive track record. and the previous us administration has acknowledged our contributions.
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it means we can work together. yes, we can. as for the syria crisis, and the middle east issue, it is obvious to everyone that you cannot achieve anything without close cooperation. there are other areas and we hope the us can help to resolve the crisis in ukraine. we hope for a constructive approach. constructive contribution. so there are a lot of areas where we need to work together. but it doesn't depend on us only. we see what's happening in the us and i would like to repeat it once again. this is an apparent sign of intensifying political standoff.we cannot really do anything about it but we are open for constructive dialogue. >> i see that there are some questions in her sector.
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there are also the people from the machinery construction sector and we have a guest here. >> good day mr. putin. you speak about the intensification of domestic conflict in the us and the whole world. >> can you speak up please? >> the whole world sees captivated how the developments are affording. the competition between president trump and the former fbi chief, james comey. they speak about some russian traces. so what is your assessment of the situation? what can be the consequences? >> well, i didn't really know
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the details of the testimony of mr. comey, the former fbi director but i am aware of some of the details he shared. what kind of impression do i have? number one, mr. james comey said that he believes that russia did interfere into the election process. it doesn't give any evidence. he says that they really affected our hearts and minds. but is it really different in the world? the us always has his propaganda. it always supports that, us leading they have an impact in our hearts and minds.
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they have an attempt to sway the public opinion including during the election process. take the globe you can put your finger in any country and us interests are everywhere. i know this because i talk to leaders of other countries. they just don't want to say in the open because they don't want to have it with the us. but everyone says the same. what do they want? they want everyone to bound to them? we just have an open stance and be speak openly. it is not some covert operations. we just speak out. he says there is no evidence in us meddling with the count of the books. well, luckily, it is good that he doesn't go as far as to blaming us for that. and he says he wrote a memo of
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his talk, negotiation or conversation with the president and then he leaked it by a friend of his to the press. it looks really strange when you record, when you memorize your conversation with the supreme commander-in-chief and then leak into the press. does it make any difference to mr. snowden? he is a human's right activist that defenses some kind of position. and again it is some kind of persecution? we would be ready to offer political asylum to mr. comey if he is persecuted in the us. >> we have many questions in our call center and i'm transferring this to natalia. >> our call center is overloaded. almost we have 2 million russians coming from russia.
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we receive 1700 media calls, social media is overloaded. we are being watched and listened to by thousand people and i give the floor to one of them. hello? please ask your question. and introduce yourself also, please. >> good day. my name is - i am from -- i am very much worried about the coal problems. when the call is being loaded openly, it poisons the air. how can we live in that place? >> there is nothing good about it. we just need to look toward the kind of procedure is used.
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perhaps that was the, what we usually do. loading and unloading is done somewhere inside the city or near it. we need to understand who the owner of the court is and what that technology is used. please repeat your name and location. >> this is in the -- region. >> what is the port? what is the name of the port? >> the -- report. that is why it is in the city. okay. i will write that down and we will look into it. we will try to respond in a way that we would ensure the interests of the people. and the environment. to minimize this. what is your name?
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>> andre. >> please share information and you will replan weather affects will be made. any measures will be taken. >> thank you so much. >> and now, let's take a look at what people write on social media with the # i am watching the direct line. -- please, put on the screen of the most recent comments we received. i am reading and watching it. so nice to see that people really care. -- thank you for that comment of yours. if we make, can you put one of the video calls on social
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media? our editors are trying to reach out to the users. for now, let's continue looking at what people are writing on social media. we are about to see comments again. and the president started to talk about - i don't think in russia there is and be more important than the fight against corruption.that is something which is undermining the country. many questions. it is your turn. >> well, one more topic which worries our audience. that is the so-called optimization of the healthcare services. one of the orders, one of the questions being reached out by us and we are about to listen to him. >> we are in the middle of the
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-- peninsula. it is immersed community major -- they say the biggest problem today the disability of healthcare services. the lack of healthcare services. and that is a good example. there is building of the local hospital which was not finished. it was supposed to be filled with the doctors of the new hospital but now it is being standing abandoned like this. it is, no one is going to complete this construction. and the locals complain that there are no doctors. and this is daria, she bites a very severe disease. she was on painkillers. several days ago she asked us to present her question. we could not turn a blind eye
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to her peers where he had to give her an address to ask the president. >> good day. my name is daria. i'm 24 years old. i've been diagnosed with a four degree cancer. initially, they said that - when i have the time no one felt it was cancer.no i don't have any more time. people were treating on my back. they were doing some massage, injections and that led me to come into the hospital with severe bleeding where the doctors told me that it was cancer. mr. putin, we do not have enough specialized doctors. which would save people. making correct forecast. we don't have the cardiology
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center, we don't have anything. and i was transferred to another city and nearby proximity. we have to go there if we need medical help. if we need some major operations, if we need any kind of diagnosis, we go there. it is the only place. it is difficult to do this. it is quite expensive. not affordable for many people. i don't ask this for myself. i just want to some help for my people. for the citizens of my town. please, help us. help us to rebuild the hospital. help us to restore what we used to have. ambulance quite often fail to get people to the hospital in time.
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we have only one hospital. only one center. a friend of mine, her mother died because the ambulance failed to get her on time. she had a heart attack. and she was below 50 years of age. you understand, people are truly worried about their lives. it is not one case.many times we spoke to the hospitals officials. we want to leave, we want to survive. we need your help. please help us, we need our town to have everything it needs. and obviously it should be restored. thank you. >> daria, as a rule i do not talk about my personal matters on my personal life. but looking at you i cannot say you know the same happened with my father.
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he, they, he was diagnosed with back pain and they did some massage. and my mom told me you know, your father cries because of 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 that they found an efficient medication. and he died, not because of the illness which he was diagnosed with.so i urge you not to, to remain hopeful and certainly i will try to look into how we can help you personally.
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as for healthcare issues, i like to tell you and all of those who were present here, all 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.taking the us. it was because the former president did an overhaul of that area. he passed a law that was under fire and the newly elected president and they repeal the reform. the same is happening in europe. we also have a lot of problems in our health care. we have introduced outpatient to new centers. we build 2000 new institutions in three years. so we do have progress.
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there is a problem that we don't have specialists in specific niche areas. that is always love those pews. i know, but these are not physical but they are electronic ones. but it is no better. we need to switch it to a new type of registration and it has to work. but most importantly, it needs to be accessible. it needs to be accessible to people. in your case, definitely we will look into it. i don't know what was the reason why they closed down the hospital. you know they used a major
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mining city, people working in difficult circumstances. so they need that special care. special attention. they just used some formal criteria that is not, it is not too far away but you know people face this which you just told us. so we either need to restore the previous one or completely construction of this one. and we also will help you personally. thank you, good luck to you. we wish you good health. thank you. get better. we hope you will get better. and all of the questions we have some which read that people ask you to help to get to the military. they want to go and serve the country. and it was not the case before. we have it all on the line and
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well, get back to bed a bit later. but now let's continue our conversation with the guests. thank you. >> in the studio we have young professionals from the - movement. they work on the standards for professional --. he is 19 years of already he received a medal. >> thank you. we would like to have association with small and medium-sized businesses. can you tell us how to eliminate our relationships and have a kind of contact line? it is - we care about our future. can you tell us are we going to
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see the increase of the - >> replying to your first question. despite all of the issues that we talked about and there is the speaker who raised this earlier. the financing. but it is still been moving forward and what's really good is that we have a lot of high-tech companies. we have a new item of experts. we have $7 billion worth. it used to be zero. so we need to, you need to look at those fast-growing companies. number two, our major needs to
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have a network sme's and a network that would support them. so the need to rely on our own high-tech sme's and not to look abroad. so you need to use these big operations in an effort to strike partnership with sme's. going back to your second question. there is a lively debate on raising the interment age. some experts believe that it is the only way for us, they cite the expense of other countries including our neighbors like ukraine and almost all other countries like - not to mention europe. we cannot compare us with europe. because of life expectancy.
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but again, our neighbors stick to a decision while we do not. we have to be very cautious. a decision has to be made but it is being discussed. experts are discussing it. experts say that unless we do it, the level of support would fall down. the pension size would fall down. and again the structural changes.the amount of people working people who would have to pay for the pension system. it would shrink. so the amount of nonworking population will increase the amount of working population would shrink. so these are the realities that we are facing that we have to
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take into account. but again, we need to take such a decision in a prudent way. i can't mention one more thing. many retired people refuse to retire in fact, they continued to work. they want to work. even now people find certain problems. a person is 52 years old and he refused to give a job. and a woman is 42 and no one wants to take her up. she is worried about her future. >> this is a 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 and live somewhere as bums.
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we need to provide for housing, we need infrastructure ready for this. it is a multilayer and multifaceted issue.we know this. we have special company towns were this is the issue. it is most important. we have a blueprint but we need to step up our activities. >> the problems to the age, some people complain that they cannot go and serve because they are too old. many people want to go and serve. they want to go to the military and we are going to a world are people giving their all. >> did afternoon. we are here near the mother
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russia monument. here we, as we know of the remnants of 35,000 people that - today people give their allegiance. those who are to serve in the separate - troop unit. that is a very famous unit with very rich history of victories and it is an honor to serve in that unit. we see all of the, how people come and say the words of their oath in front of the flag, the russian federation and their unit and now we see their parents, their friends, their relatives coming from different parts of our country for them.
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it is sad but still a wonderful moment. can you please introduce and your future soldier? >> my name is - and that is a very important day today. my son takes his oath and this historic place. coming from the - the decision to serve was taken by my son himself. after studying for two years to medical college in moscow. he decided to go and serve his homeland. our homeland. i am a retired soldier and i cannot say that i support his decision. this is in direct line with the president. you can ask any question, anything you want. >> that is unexpected i should say. mr. putin, i am an officer. a retired officer. and i'm of course interested to know more about our military
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and the syrian republic. i would suggest one thing. what are the lessons which are military have learned when working in syria? what are the future of our troops there? >> first of all, i would lead to congratulate you and your son on taking the oath of allegiance. well, that is the occasion for every man, for every russian citizen. and especially for those who decided on their own to serve the people of russia. now that your question, what were the lessons?
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there are several aspects to it. well, it is really good for defense sector. we deploy state-of-the-art systems and we were able to see how it works in practice. and then you have lessons to adjust them. we knew that these were effective weapons but we need to test them when we saw how they performed. it's a different story. and we have those company representatives out there in syria. they see how the equipment performs. they make adjustments and there's a lot of research behind it. to perfect those weapons. as for the russian troops, i
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would say that this is very positive. invaluable experience. the russian troops have now achieved a new level of combat readiness. we have deployed nearly set up units. as for our plans, we want to ensure a peaceful political process. between all of the worried parties. in the short term, we want to strengthen the combat readiness of the syrian forces.
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and then, here's the basis that we have and the navy base. so that the syrian forces themselves would operate on their own and achieve their goals. they can use, thanks to aviation, we can provide them air support to fight chesler th
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