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in parts of the country relatively stable to begin with. we also need a strategy to defeat al qaeda in syria. which is known as the front for conquest now. you broke off from al qaeda, but it is an al qaeda derivative with a lot of the same ideology. if they keep that ideology and military tactics, we will have to work with the sod and russia -- work with president assad in russia to defeat them. there is no plausible way for us to do it by ourselves. host: we need another hour to talk about that. michael o'hanlon, thank you for being with us. your latest book, "beyond the nato," and your work available online at brookings. russian president vladimir putin gave a closing news conference yesterday at the g 20 summit. he talked about his meeting with president trump and their conversation about russian interference in the 2016 u.s. election. this 20 minute portion begins with a reporter's question on
the russia-ukraine relationship. or do you think that russia and ukraine will continue to drift apart? and if you look at the of the representative who has been nominated, what do you think of that? the interest of russia and ukraine, the russian and ukrainian people's, i'm absolutely convinced of that, converge, coincide. our interests fully coincide. perhaps today's leadership of withne doesn't converge ours, but if you look at the situation objectively, russia and ukraine are interested in cooperation,
interested in making sure their competitive edge is combined to develop the economy. because there is a huge legacy from soviet times, i mean, cooperation, unified infrastructure, energy system, transport system. unfortunately, our present ukrainian policy refers aside from that. there is one trade, one commodity really successful at the moment. they are trading in dividing russia from ukraine, dragging the one from the other. some people seem to like that in the west. some consider that we should be converging russia and ukraine should never happen, so i would just say there is a very active and unsuccessful trade in the
commodity of russia for be at russiaphobia at the moment. we need to make sure it comes to a halt as soon as possible as for as the u.s. is concerned and settlement of ukrainian crisis. we did talk about that with president trump. talked about the measures on hand and the nomination of the special representative who will be working on a continual basis in contact with russia and the ukraine and with everybody, all the vested interests who have an interest in putting an end to it. >> i have a question on the middle east. which is in turmoil at the moment. we talk about syria and qatar.
and some other countries as well. presumably you had in the g 20 discussions about syria and, after these discussions, how do you see political settlement? do you think a more constructive issue will be adopted by the president administration of the u.s.? and on qatar, how do you assess the situation? was it discussed at the g 20? >> i don't always get the opportunity to ask you a lot a questions. on the question of terrorism i think it was rather difficult for you to come to an agreement -- what were the contradictions about? >> i don't see that at all. i don't think anyone has any kind of objections. maybe there was a problem about speaking. i don't know about that.
all i know is the text was agreed. the level of dedication and states did not have any disagreement about this. as far as i know, everybody realizes this is a common threat and we have to combat it. as far as qatar is concerned, the question was not raised. it is a rather acute one for the region, with regard to the economy and the energy sector. but this question was not discussed through the discussions of the g 20. we did discuss the situation in syria, whether or not the u.s. situation or position has changed. i don't know. i think it has become more pragmatic. i don't think it has really
changed, but there is an understanding that by pooling our resources, we did have the -- our resources we could hit good results. -- we could get good results. we did have the discussion, the agreement on the southern zone yesterday. the de-escalation area. i think that this is one of the rules which we obtained. a real results of work with president trump. jordan and a couple of other countries in the region were locked into that process. israel, too. i think this is a real results. so, if we think about other areas of de-escalation, we talk
ed in detail about this business of turkey, to some extent it doesn't really center around us. it depends on the clashes between other countries in the region. everyone has their own concerns, their own preferences, their own interests. legitimate interests, as well. we have to see them as legitimate interests and have to look for compromise. sometimes we manage it. we have actually put an end to active combat. the fact that we have de-escalation areas already is a step forward. now we have to agree with the specific confines of the region, what kind of security arrangement will be in place. this is very painstaking and at first glance, boring.
but important work. i think one of the positive results, which we have been recently, particularly the goodwill of iran, turkey, president assad, i think we can achieve a lot. we confirmed that in the document on the formation of a de-escalation area, on the zone, and the area , theng the goal and height final objection is integrity for syria. and to make sure that this area can work with others around them and with the official government in syria.
if we manage that it will be a good basic premise for settling by political means the syrian crisis. >> you have talked about intervention and elections. there are the german elections, in september. there are elections. is russia planning to intervene? did you tell angela merkel about that? >> this is a provocative question. we didn't intervene in the u.s.. why should we intervene in anyone else's business? germany is good neighbors. one of our major trading
partners in the world. we have on our agenda major projects, which we are supporting. the northern stream. there were no problems or disputes about it. there were contradictions. in the interests of the economy of europe and germany. why should we -- we have enough to do out there. if you look at the german press, the european press says they are constantly intervening in our domestic business. we could care less. nbc news, are you going to ask the question together?
>> thank you very much mr. president. i would like to ask you a question. about the meeting with mr. trump. you have been asked about that. >> you should ask him how he felt it went. the whitenately from house we have not gotten any information about this. [laughter] >> we are going to punish them very severely. >> when you said russia had not intervened, what did he say? >> he asked questions. he was interested in a number of details. as far as i could, i answered him in detail. i understand there was
a dialogue with the previous u.s. administration with president obama, but i'm not going to review details of my conversation with obama. that is not part of presidential protocol. it would he very incorrect of me to reveal details of my conversations with president trump in the same way. he asked me questions, i answered, i clarified, i think he was satisfied with my answers. >> going back to economic growth. >> let me explain.
you probably know a number of working groups are already organized. there is the chief officer group in the business community. there's another working group, who has pulled together a lot of authoritative experts. we have come up with a plan which would be acceptable. going to take the next steps for 2017. we have to look at all of the proposals, assess them, and we a decision. take maybe we will come up with something not based on these proposals. maybe it will be based on them. we have to work on it. we have to explore those
possibilities. and, obviously, the government has already done a lot of work in this area. we will be relying a lot on the government proposal. we cannot disregard the work done. they have come up with individual proposals. we are now working on what will be the final idea. the final options. we have to just -- we would be doing wrong to anticipate the final outcome. it would be premature to publicize things yet. it is on domestic policy, i know
that you are you going to inaugurate and drive it? >> i know nothing about that. >> do you not want to actually drive the car? >> no, i didn't. the car isn't ready. you have a drive first, tell me how it is, then i will join you. may be the final question. >> you have already talked about your meeting with -- could you clarify whether the northern area is concerned? did you talk about the efrin area and the kurds? and the russian center?
the turkish media are talking about an invasion by the turkish army there. what do you think about the statements made that president assad has no political future? >> mr. tillerson is a respectable individual, friendly to russia, but he is not a syrian citizen. the future of syria, the future of president assad, this is a tricky question.
you've got many different aspects. we are in contact. we make no secrets of that. but, first of all, i would say our american colleagues are safe driving their activity. they have done more work with them. we have our servicemen who are in control of monetary regime. the cease-fire arraignments are in place. as far as the other region, the concerns, i really don't know. they are really carrying out things everyone is interested in. but we don't think they are preparing for some kind of
combat. we believe a preliminary work on creating the de-escalation areas, will be materialize. it can't be done without the help of turkey. >> amongst the president trump said, he said that the u.s. would be interested in exporting gas to europe. how do you assess that? >> i see that is a very positive. it would help competition. it will benefit everybody. we are for an open competitive market.
the president said he was for open and honest competition. and, i fully support it. certainly, it suits us. if there is open and honest competition, and it is not politicized, orchestrated, playing with political ploys, because the cost of production and delivery of liquefied gas from the u.s. to russia is much higher than our liquefied gas and is not comparable with russian natural gas.
we have no doubt that we have a competitive edge here. but the market must work, it must be competitive. let's have the concluding question. >> after your first meeting with trump, do you believe he will manage to drag this difficult position of american relations? >> i very much hope so and i think the first primitive for that has already been laid. thank you. chinese president xi was one of the many leaders president that mettler -- met with the