tv Russian President Vladimir Putins Annual News Conference CSPAN December 21, 2018 7:57am-9:53am EST
on washington journal. >> at his annual year end conference in moscow, russian president vladimir putin answered questions on wide-ranging topics including the us troop withdrawal from syria, brexit negotiations, nuclear weapons and afghanistan. the 4 hour event was broadcast live on russian state television. this portion is an hour and 45 minutes. >> translator: i'm sorry. you will ask a question. in soviet childhoods, we were all afraid of nuclear war. we even had songs about that. you are not afraid now. some 40 years of past since then and major publications
across the pond are publishing the possible scenarios of nuclear exchanges between the us and russia. now we hear world war more and more often. can you as a president help to pacify my little son who just like me is afraid of nuclear war? what can you do to do that? >> translator: i think you are actually right. the danger of the situation escalating is being downplayed. it now seems to be impossible, something not of crucial importance. but at the same time, if something like this would happen, this might lead to the collapse of the entire civilization, maybe our planet, so this is indeed a very
important question. unfortunately, we have this trend to underestimate the current situation. there are dangers, risks in our day-to-day life and of those risks, first and foremost, the collapse of the international system of arms control, moving away from an arms race after the united states withdraws from the relevant treaty that was the cornerstone when it comes to nonproliferation and putting a end to an arms race. we had to respond creating a new type of weapon to overcome this antimissile defense system and now we hear russia has an advantage when it comes to weaponry systems. other countries do not possess such systems but they will develop such system. and provide us a certain advantage.
but this is about having equal conditions when it comes to the weapon arsenal. now they are making it out of step and they are withdrawing from the inf treaty. what will come out of that? .. and if those missiles were in europe what do we do? and then we would be complaining we have the advantage we are not fighting to have the advantage we are fighting to keep it the same goes for the new start treaty it expires in 2021 we didn't have any negotiations we w we can ensure our safety. we know how to do that. but for humanity in general,
this is a bad thing because it leads us to a very risky -- there's a trend to lower this threshold of actually using those weapons. they want to make small-scale nuclear weapons in order to use them technically. some analysts already expressing such ideas that it is not such a bad thing but lowering the threshold might lead to global nuclear catastrophe. and secondly, the use of ballistic missiles non-nuclear ballistic missiles, although our american partners seems to have decided against it but the idea is there. and the ballistic missile has been launched nuclear or
nonnuclear or in the prevention systems, they record the place of launch and in several seconds they defined the trajectory and the possible target. but there's always this error of margin and we should not let escalation happen. in any case there is at this i i did use those ballistic non-nuclear missiles. for example, suddenly but lunch such mr. sullivan we did not know whether it's nuclear or nonnuclear. it's very hard to tell. so this is very, very dangerous, and this being hot topic and discussed and this is what is dangerous point but but i belie that the humanity without the necessary common sense and the desire to survive in order not to lead to any extremities. now we are moving on to this sector.
i see the ukrainian flag, second row. so it's you who is always present at this event. you are from ukraine. this our calling from ukraine. my colleague said we should not let him ask the question because he's going to make -- are you going to? yes, please. >> i want to ask about the incident. you are not from ukraine but my question is about ukraine. about the incident. what ask about the state of the green military man, what is good happen to them? how do you think and what about the russian prisoners in the u.s.? can russia defend the rights and maybe we should use expand while
the chinese partners, for example, in canada, the chinese citizen, the financial director of -- was detained and they detained their citizens in response. >> i would actually divide your question into several parts that you believe the publication was successful? so now we can say that this was a provocation and you agree to that. but it was successful or not, i believe that provocations are never successful so to say. provocation seeks to escalate the situation. and why do our ukrainian partners did this? while, they have elections and need to escalate the situation in order to boost the ratings of one of the presidential candidates. i mean, the current president of ukraine of course. but this is no good because it harms the interest of the people and harms the interest of the
state. and werm can work in a calm manr without any provocation as to whether it was successful, maybe when it comes to boosting ratings it was because his ratings did grow turkey is the right five and now a second or third as the marginal 12%. thirf them have 12 percent trading but then did sacrifice the interest of his country. but as for the future of the military men they were sent to die, actually.
and they see that they are not satisfied with the fact no one died. they wanted some of them to die but fortunately this is not the case. and then to determine what to d do. >> thank you. >>translator: just like in the past and then to occupy that you are afraid of nuclear catastrophe or nuclear war but at the same time you are getting ready to be in a war with nato at ukrainian citizens so what are the conditions?
ukrainian citizens. and then who imposed the blockade. not russia? but the ukrainian governments 100 percent economic blockade and to believe that they are ukrainian citizens every day and we are supporting them only to help them survive. not only they could be killed because trying to solve these issues that we keep noticing
-year-old and 20 -year-old boys are heroes with thousands and thousands of them. during the soccer world cup. 35000 volunteers and with world war ii and this part of society has huge roots they are young people and they are the basis for today and to be held responsible about our country. to respect that each have
youth and then to use this propaganda. and then shall oppose to talk about suicide among young people but i don't want to be the first. where we shall not to be different when it comes to our youth but we shall be smart. no. we shall use different methods of care. do we have this? yes and we shall convene.
with that new level of quality? and then to raise that issue. with that american system. as well as a potential deployment of american troops with the infrastructure and then to be transferred to japan. with those negotiations long going and that these can be addressed at the bilateral level to the united states of america. and let's not forget what you ended your question with that is when the peace treaty is
concerned and that it already exists there and it has been there for several decades. as for japan's chance to participate, this is a black box. we do not understand when such decisions are concerned. and then to understand better than the rest of the colleagues. and with some of those decisions and they cannot do anything about that that's
what people say that what they are against is the reinforcement of the american forces deployed there. there are plans to reinforce the base everyone is against that we do not know it will be extremely difficult for us and the plans to deploy the systems and i said that on many occasions and with that american nuclear potential and
the procedure for russian citizenship and the channel has been covering this issue a lot and the bureaucracy. so what is the rationale behind that? and if it is just to help the ukrainian citizens. why do that now? and it fails to persist the red tape but that is different and the assassination of the journalist khashoggi as others
have been detained there is another reaction also an arrest of the financial director and publicly has said and questions have been raised for the citizens in order to exchange them for someone and starting with the last part of the question, so what is happening in the us china relations? who and response to what actions is very delicate and in this field we will not act on those principles to cause
an eye for an eye or a tooth for a tooth. but we have to act very cautiously and in conformity with the attitudes. there are people who value russia's education regardless of the nationality to hold them into account but we will not detain innocent people in order to exchange for anyone. the future of our citizens but as for trying to make them confess something, don't know what she can confess. she has not been acting under any guidance from the russian authorities. whatever she says, because of threats and that prospect
on many occasions. if you want me to repeat that, okay. in the course of our history, russia has lifted restrictions and sanctions throughout our history. let's look back too the 19th century, the 12th century. it's all the same, just leafed through the diplomatic correspondence like 19 and early 20th centuries. it's all the same. our diplomats were called to bring caucuses to order and the reason, why so, with what is it
linked? i said that before and hope you understand, most of you understand it is because the power of the russian federation has been rising. the competitiveness is on the rise. there is new powerful stakeholder to be reckoned with and many people, many parties don't want that. it seemed a while ago this country was moving to existence but we have the population of 160 million and we have been upholding dangerous people with reserve and restraint, with calm and peace and will keep doing that. and the skripal case was cited and khashoggi once again. no additional measures to contain russian federation. our economy has adapted to these
external restrictions. in the beginning of this meeting i mentioned that after the 2008-2009 global crisis, our gdp dropped by 7.8%. there were no sanctions at the time. after the sanctions were imposed in 2014, the drop was 2.5%. you asked how we assess the situation. we always assess in our favor. but let us look at how our opponents see it, those who impose the sanctions. for example, the u.s. treasury department believe that this 2.5% drop in 2015 was one-third due to the sanctions and two-thirds due to the collapsed prices on energy sources,
mainly, oil. i think they share a sanctions is less than one-third. the sanctions also for those who introduced them. the european economy lost rent 500 billion euros due to the sanctions against russian because you lost our market and have not been able to import as many things as before. the number of jobs has dropped which is sensitive for them. many european countries, the unemployment rates are high. like in spain it is around 15%. here we have 4.8% and in spain they have 15% unemployment. the global trade development that went down by 400 billion is also a result of such an
unpredictable policy, including sanctions. this policy is harmful to everybody. it has a definite self dissection despite negativity. some of the positive things like we have started thinking and using our own mind and her own resources. that share of her own domestic vehicle manufacturing industry is 98% or 75% for some of the groups. last year and this year we spent 600te alien rubles on import substitution, and the federal budget change 125 billion rubles. the agricultural sector has been
assisted. unfortunately the short-term price hike for food items inside this country but now the prices have stabilized and the agriculture has leaped forward a lot i know would could think of that in the past. agriculture exports have increased 16 times in the past years so the russian rollbacks in some advantages of the same time and would like the global economy to develop without any shocks or illegitimate action or external restrictions to develop naturally for its own benefit. >> i see the sign kgb and children. today is the 20th of december which is, just to be kgb day.
why this sign? please pass the mic over there. >> as as a good acquittance of e said, where are all children of kgb but we were brought up in different manners come all of us. >> how kgb project up? kgb stop educating us anyway. now there is a demand in our society to see more social justice and 66% according to polls are nostalgic about this soviet union. so the question is whether it is possible to restore socialism to combat socialism. i think it is hardly possible. i believe that we have seen an overhaul in our society, in-depth changes that have
happened and it is impossible to restore socialism. there may be some elements of socialism in the welfare, , in r economy but anyway, you know what, it always results in spending, the budget revenues and would end up in a gridlock at the end of the day. the fair distribution of resources and the fair treatment of all those below poverty line, and structuring the governments policies around trying to reduce to minimum number of people below the poverty line as well as being able to provide the
bulk of the people with decent health care and education, that would be affordable and accessible to them, if it means in this sense, this is what we have been doing, getting to grips with that and this is why our national projects have been enacted. they aim at that. >> okay, if it's not about the kgb, go ahead. >> thank you. my question is not about my city but all of russia. i'm talking about waste management, waste sorting in particular. not a single city in our country has trash collection andnd processing. a colleague of mine is a friend of segregation but it is full of
containers that you should take those containers like car to the opposite end of the city to submit to a plan. some of the infrastructure installations have been appearing, but you know, it's just sentences very small number. why not use national best practices to treat our waste? >> general, the answer is fairly simple. the situation is complicated but the answer is simple. we have never dealt with the. for decades, since soviet times, we've been dumping garbage in pits, to put a colorfully. no one is ever engaged in his processing and less minimally in certain areas. with 70 million tons of waste annually and we should somehow recycle and treat that.
and with the rapid development of consuming industry and other industries, we have seen more chemicals, more plastics in the pacific ocean, the islands the size of france full of plastic containers and bottles. and in this country just don't landfills inside russian federation which would liquidate the illegal landfills which is measure number one. and number two is, we should create a waste treatment industry. our colleague is a good example. municipalities should provide good context and incentives for
segregation and processing. i understand that people who oppose the construction of waste disposal plants. you mentioned international best practices. we do very best practices and environmental champions and activities sometimes don't object to building waste incineration plants. they should have the proper filter systems which is the most expensive part of these planes. we need proper methodology. in tokyo as your colleague would confirm that, in downtown the other waste incineration plants built. no smell, no problems whatsoever because of the technology has been maintained.
until 2024 we are to build 200 waste treatment plants, at least 100. i'm not not sure whether it's enough. >> mr. president, probably the chinese colleague should be given a chance. >> good afternoon, mr. president. the question is as follows. china had inaugural meeting dedicated to the 14th anniversary of the openness reform, all the measures about openness and democracy and how do you assess the changes of the chinese society? and russia and china have set
out the figure of 100 billion of mutual trade. russian exports to china increased by 44%, outpacing chinese imports by 10%. are you happy with development of russian chinese ties this year? >> indeed. that is an important milestone. i'm not sure we will be able to reach $100 billion that we are very close to that mark. we will need to start over in action but in general it is around $100 billion in that is an achievement itself. of course we cannot stop at that. but this is a result of the russian chinese relationships because we observe that we have greater trust between us. we work in a bilateral format and we have found relationship between her so that we are a we
have carried over from ussr and now we're moving forward. we are collaborating that only when it comes to economy, but also it comes to international agenda. and russian-chinese cooperation on the international arena is a fact which helps to revitalize the international situation to make it stable and predictable. we positively assess the changes that we saw in china, and saw such a country as china with a population w of 1,003,000,000 people, stability is crucial especially comes to domestic policy, including the staff matters. president xi jinping made the decision and his party members
supported him. and against the decision was the correct one. stability guarantees progressive development for china. here we had some journalists from our region. please. >> thank you very much. the crimean bridge is a a symbl of the return of crimea to russia. a bridge over the river might become a symbol of the asian part. now the question is should we expect such great to be billed? if yes, when? we really need it. >> a symbol is always something good. becausel it marks a certain stae
in our work and allows us to move forward. that is why the crimean bridge is both. it is a symbol of the reunification of russia and crimea and this also provide some additional opportunity for development of the peninsula. this is also very important. the same is true for the bridge over lena river. you said it should be linked to development, and this is what we need to assess. the cost of the bridge, and as we set for some years now, this is very expensive. we need to understand whether the bridge is going to come straight to the city or maybe we might develop the region in general on the other shore of the lena river. to develop the economy, the
infrastructure, et cetera, et cetera comes we need too compare the expenses and the gains, potential gains for the economy of the region in general. if our colleague of the ministry of transport or the ministry of economy agree, , then we will implement the project. yes, nagy, motherland, people, that's great. let's do that. >> we are not running out of gas. >> we have greatest gas reserves in the world. we have 67 trillion cubic meters of gas. >> mr. president, thank you very much for this opportunity to ask the question. i'm head editor of society and environment newspaper, and i been publishing this for some 19 years in st. petersburg and make
sure we will mark 20 years since the establishment of our newspaper. it's a small publication but a sustainable one. >> yes, we will celebrate. >> i would like to invite you to st. petersburg to take part in the roundtable dedicated to the strategy of development of russia which is going to coincide with our 20th anniversary, and my question is, while protecting the rivers, the forests, the don river,, i would like to highlight that the russian media form onn the 23rd of april, you have cast your people to talk about this dangerous subject been constructed at the economic form we've heard the task is still going ahead. but the decision was actually made for you and the local authorities do not wantho to act on your decision, so please pay
attention to the don river. it's a very great river. initially we had cultural council on the 15th of december at the constantine palace, and all the questions asked were very important, for example, about drug addiction, but one of those crucial questions was asked and this is what i have to follow up. he said that there is no idea, this great strategy for russian development. back in the orthodox empire we had this. tree had, and now we do not know what we are building, we the moral code for the capitalism builders. i have this on my placket and as
you refer to our federal channel, the first channel for them to hold a national discussion as to what kind of russia we're going to build and were going to see. so nature, motherland and the people, this is what i suggest. one cannot do without the other. >> so we're watching those tv shows weather talk about who cheated on who, who left to and this is something absolutely unacceptable but when during those tv shows we would actually discuss these issues, that would be a different matter. and we organize the tv show which we strategically important related question force, long-term perspective? >> it is not so often we need because he is a very interesting person to talk to.
he has knowledge and his own opinion and he's not shy to express a it. regardless of whether anyone likes it or not. he's not trying to adjust to anyone. he says what he thinks. he's a very act knowledgeable knowledgeable person. some i differ for the development of a country, i cited several times that in the best possible meaning, patriotism is the best for a stronger statehood. in the broadest in the most noble sense of the word. now, as for the fact a lot of tv channels and on the internet vce some shows which is hardly worthy of the broadcast time that is allocated for it. i talked to daniil granin at our
but discuss the topic that you suggested, well, i guess there's no harm in that. we need to discuss it with our colleagues, so everyone has heard what you said and i guess that they would respond. just a second, just a second. chicago tribune, please. >> president putin, out of the chicago, united states. yesterday president donald trump announced withdrawal of american troops from syria. what is your position -- he also announced that in his opinion the united states defeated isis in syria and he
made that very clear. what is your position with respect to his statement, both on the withdrawal of american troops in syria and also with his statement regarding the defeat of isis by the united states? and secondly, do you have concern that the american troops will remain in some form? there's been much discussion, for example, around the presence, potentially of contractors and other jurisdictions where the united states is either active militarily or might want to be active militarily, but in a more discrete way. thank you very much. >> as for defeating isis, i do generally agree with the president of the united states. we've achieved some major advances when it comes to defeating the terrorists and we've struck major blows on terrorists in syria.
there is is danger that those terrorist groups right now infiltrate the neighboring region, afghanistan and other countries and also to other countries, for example, their countries of origin and this poses a great risk for all of us, including the russia, u.s., europe and for asian countries and for the central asian countries. we're aware of that and we know about that. yes, donald trump is right about that. as for the withdrawal of american forces, i'm not sure about what that is. the american forces have been present in afghanistan for what, some 17 years and every year they talk about withdrawing their forces from afghanistan, but they're still present there. that's my second point. and my third point, we do not see any signs of the american withdrawal from syria, but we see that it is possible and we
are now on the track of political settlement and now we want to form a constitutional committee in syria and when we had a meeting in istanbul, russia took a -- france and germany, we make the decision that we will do everything in our power in order to create this constitutional committee and russia on its part has done everything so that it would actually happen. it might seem strange, but we have, indeed, negotiated the list of candidates with president assad. he presented a list of his candidates, 50 people. and he took part in the formation of the list from the civil society, 15 more people and regardless of the fact that he doesn't like the list altogether, he still agreed to
that. and the representative of their position agreed to this list and iran agreed to this list. and then we presented the list to the united nations and it turned out and minister told me yesterday that at the initiative for our partners, germany, france, and the united stat states, now the special envoys is actually trying to drag out the time. i'm not sure what is going on there. but i believe that we are at the final stage. i hope that we are at the final stage of this process. if not by the end of this year then early next year, the list would be negotiated and then we'll move on to the next stage of political settlement. whether we need the presence of the american military, i guess
we do not need that presence. the presence of your troops is illegitimate. it has not been confirmed by the united nations security council decision. because only the security council can make that decision. and or you can be there for the syrian government. we're there at the invitation of the syrian government. and despite the disputes and differences between our experts and our military and our security services and foreign ministries, we have a constructive dialog on resolving the most acute issues of combatting terrorism in syria. >> in general we're satisfied with our joint efforts. agriculture here.
agricultural newspaper, we didn't-- didn't give them the floor yet. microphone. please. >> we'll not forget about gazprom. no way. good afternoon, i represent newspaper, agricultural life. and we celebrated 100th anniversary this year and you can recollect and thank you for that. the question is the following. according to the statistics, the growth of agriculture recently has slowed down. in spite of the fact that we are not competing with anybody because of sanctions and we have rather good environment for our work. how could you explain that? are you preoccupied with that? and among national or federal projects, we don't have agricultural project. why?
well, talking about national projects and agriculture, agriculture is part of our national project for many, many years. and we're supporting with hundreds and hundreds of billions of rubles at our agriculture and we will keep doing this in relation to large farms and small farms in all areas of agricultural activities. as to the slowing down of our growth in agricultural area. yes, it-- it's true, it's an environment for you, we still have competition in our country, this is good and it's very important for the development of this economic sector and we have external competition as well. not all countries imposed sanctions against us. that's why we didn't impose counter sanctions in relation to them. we've imposed sanctions in relation to eu and u.s., and other countries, which imposed
sanctions against russia following u.s. initiative, but the majority countries didn't follow this, this example and there are a lot of them, they are selling us their agricultural products. that's why we have competition. what is going on inside agricultural sector? well, statistics. statistics is linked to the production of grain. last year we have a record high harvest, 135.5 million of tons of grain. this is the main indicator, which actually influences statistics this year, because of unfavorable climate conditions, and in certain areas, we have imposed emergency situation because of that, we have 110.5 million of tons this year.
and comparing to the last year. our indicators of this year went down. what this 110 million of tons is the third indicator for the last 25 years. it's very good result. and taking into account last year reserves, not only maintained, but increased the possible export up to-- we will implement all of our contracts and obligations so we're not preoccupied. we have areas where we have to -- where we have to be more active in the area of agriculture. we have to be more competitive. we have to expand our infrastructure, to expand our export. last year we had 20 billion of exports. this year 25 billion of exports. this figures were unimaginable in the -- it's more than arms
and-- that we're exporting. we keep supporting the development of infrastructure in the area of agriculture and export. to do this we're setting aside more than 400 billion of rubles to develop procedure structure and so on, so forth, to support financially our export. we have to be more competitive. we have to train our experts, we shall continue our selection work. we have to increase the production of high processed products like meat and the processed meat and we have to solve problems related to social development of our agricultural areas.
[crowd talking] >> crima. crima. caucus is not crimea. crimea. please, you have the floor. >> crimea 24, tv channel. recently you've mentioned the imposition of restrictions against russia by certain countries affect those who live in crimea and those who voted to be part of russia. they are affected by that. could you explain your words and what shall be done about this? >> well, it's true, i mentioned this. i don't remember where, but i can explain here. it's rather peculiar situation. what we're hearing from outside, they keep mentioning
annexation of crimea by russia. what is annexation? using force and taking this sar tri. if we are talking about using force in order to get crimea back to russia, then those who live in crimea, they shouldn't be blamed, but if they came to participated in the voting and voted for this, then, well, sanctions has been imposed to your visa, your travel, in relation to financial, relation to insurance companies, restrictions in relation to using sea and other infrastructure. and this affects practically all people living in crimea. sanctions have been imposed against them. not only selective sanctions
against the-- those who are in charge of crimea, but against everybody. if they are-- if they shall not be blamed and why the sanctions have been imposed. why the sanctions have been imposed against you bought of your voting, then it's the recognition of the fact that the voting took place. >> it's part of our pool. >> just a second. second row. >> internet publication live. we have state supported program related to content development in tv programs. can these measures be used in relation to internet channel?
when you are going to get married and who will be your wife. are you married? >> well, so-- he is married and he would like me to be in the same shoes. well, okay. i answered to your second question, as a man i will do this sooner or later, i will have to do this sooner or later. thank you. >> now supporting russian segment of internet. well, it's a correct thing and it should be done and we are doing this. we have grants. i don't remember what is the budget, but it's hundreds and hundreds of million of rubles. grants related to content. we're setting aside this budget. 140 foot if i'm not mistaken, but in general, officially we set aside 400 million.
we are doing this and we keep doing this. eurasian female, after this question about my marriage, it's very important. a eurasian female community, i'd like to thank you for assisting the second eurasian female forum and we discussed mass media and we've conducted this round table. we have signed 14 memoranda, these memoranda signed by participants and which have joined our campaign. related to the information in our world. the question is, whether it's important for you as a president to see all the
journalists present here telling the truth and to be a soft, objective force and they should not just have the activities, but it's important in present environment and the tension and we're afraid of war. so it's very important for the force to be active and to work. do we have the force in russia and what is the responsibility of journalism? >> well, the truth is not in the force, in the strength or the strength in the truth or the force is in the truth and that's why this formula actual actually -- reflects the responsibility for the mass media. the force is in the truth and only this way mass media can get trust in front of the
millions and millions of people. but unfortunately and that's true, our lives become more and more commercial. before it was political. politicized, but now it's commercial, more and more. and that's why trust vis-a-vis mass media have been eroded greatly. we are dividing everything by 100 by 1,000, and when we read something or hear something, but no doubt that when it comes to issues, vital important for our country as well as for the entire world, we have to do our best to be as objective as possible. it's not important for me. it's important for everybody. for all of us. and i hope that this kind of strength dz we do have it and i hope to see it in the future as well. afghanistan, afghanistan. i promise you to give the
floor. floor. >> the site of news agency, december 6th, russia, you refused to support the resolution of uagn with regard to situation in afghanistan because of certain western countries did not support it. is this because of certain western countries didn't agree with that? what the resolution was about? >> this was the draft resolution prepared by the western countries. the western countries believe that, russia doesn't believe that? what do you think? i would like to hear your opinion, but at the same time u.s. conduct separate negotiations with taliban movement. and taking this into account, how to see the future of moscow
for afghan consultations and 11 countries have been represented at this negotiations on the basis of moscow. . >> well, you know, i don't remember the subtleties of the draft project you've mentioned, but i hope you will agree with me the majority of people living in afghanistan will support this, i'm sure: i don't know what our western partners would like to achieve through this resolution, if they wanted to show that everything is rosie there. i don't think that-- has nothing to do with the reality. the official government in kab kabul. how much of afghanistan they're controlling, no more than one third of afghan territory, to be frank. they organized elections, but the results, the results--
it takes them month to count the results. so, it's not normal. they conduct negotiations with taliban. probably it's inevitable. one shall understand what is the issues discussing at the negotiation and what will be the result. and control the majority of the territory and we should come to with them. >> but in this case that would have to be done publicly, openly. one has to understand what is at stake the negotiations is and i believe that's the foundation of our foreign ministry's position during the discussion with the u.n., we're not against a settlement, more that we believe that a settlement can only be achieved thoroughly through an agreement between the old party, political process and afghanistan itself, but for that end what we need to do as to reinforce our base, we're
seeing that the people of afghanistan will manage to come to an agreement within itself over political forces or the ethnic groups to arrive at a concensus and as far as we can, we are going to facilitate this process. in particular, through developing our economic interaction with afghanistan through participating and different international projects such as tabby for instance. mr. president, you can see andre-- >> for our years you have not been given the floor. what can i see? he's to blame for that. andre could you please give your floor to the young lady? for our years, she has not been given the floor. thank you very much. that's now the fifth year in the row i've not been given the floor. when the law on foreign agents
was adopted. there was a great deal of noise about rights violations and the colleague of mine i'm not going to name him. he asked what the situation with human rights. what map, that is what-- >> well, we mostly have the floor recording the foreign agents, lyle entities, but maria butina was detained and the u.s., as a physical person, as an individual. and i have another question because i represent the channel. i wanted to ask you what the u.s. and the situation and the world orthodox church given actions given the -- we understand the key player in that regard as the u.s. and we can see that geopolitics is
looming large on religion, is that so? >> well as for the first part of your question sh, we followe the international experience when we adopted this law on foreign agents. this law is not about prohibition. the purpose of this law is as follows, if an organization gets funding for public, political action from abroad, it has to register as such and that is all it boils down to. and in particular, in the u.s., such kind of activities are prohibited and here is an example for you, butina has been arrested for violating this law and what looms ahead for her is 12 years in prison whereas in our case this is not so and i do not see any
problems in the enforcement of this legislation. i meet human rights activists on a regular basis and sometimes they point out some issues related to the difficulties, charities run into because of this law. we have to follow the realities to see what is happening and we have to make amendments if it is necessary. we should not prevent people with integrity who want to do good from doing this good, but political activity should not be banned, per se, it should be legalized. and the second part of your question, the world orthodoxy. what's happening in the world orthodoxy, it's inconsiderable because it's directly the
government in the affairs of the church. and this hasn't happened since soviet times and the ukraine and croatia, the united church under the -- well, they didn't like it, but it was under moscow, now it's under istanbul and i like to point out that the russian orthodox church is -- the patriarch of the ordinary orthodox church was entirely independent. not everyone knows that, but it was entirely independent and they haven't had the right to elect their own hierarchy, their own -- the only thing tying them together with moscow was the bond of a mentioned,
one another during the sermons and the liturgy and right now we see that the link was cin c n constantinople, is much stronger, and from washington, and it's inconceivable that someone from the u.s. calls ukraine and gives advice on that. this is yet another testimony to the fact that this is being done in the run-up to the election campaign. the purpose of all of this is to tear the ukrainian people and the russian people further apart. the foundation for these actions, as purely political. this is not about religious freedoms now, it is an infraction of religious
freedoms and what i'm considered about is the redistribution of property that's going to follow 0 and that already happened right now. and it can take on a very, very difficult nature, god forbid it comes to bloodshed. i would hate to see that. i see that people want to care for their own interests and they are vulnerable, they have nothing to protect themselves with, mostly they are elderly or women and they cannot protect themselves and there is this intimidation, there's this menace of redistribution of property. and it's been two hours now. >> andre, french news people. the french are protesting against the right of the petrol gasoline tax and it has degenerated into an allout -- president macron had to introduce an emergency state and an emergency economic state. what is your assessment of what
is happening in france? are you not planning to raise the gasoline prices in russia? because that's been the talk recently and how strong is the protest potential of russia-- russian citizen in that regard and what do things have it prevail in this particular situation, the obligation to observe the rights of the demonstrate -- to ensure order. >> these last two things that you mentioned should be balanced and there is no contradiction between them. on the one hand you've got to observe the rights of the citizens to participate in public events and manifestations, but they have to stay within the limits of the law. anything that steps beyond that is inadmissible and the appropriate response from the
government has to follow. now, more, what has happened in france and how we view the developments there, let me say the following. i believe that the developments in france are certainly linked to the rise and the gasoline and diesel prices, but mostly, the link is that of a trigger. it has been a trigger that has released this ill r indignation and outrage of an over welcoming part of the popular-- a big part of the population, most of them french, born french. around 70% as far as i understand it, going to the latest statistics support that. but it would be incorrect for me to give an assessment to what the french government is doing. what is the difference between our situation and the french
situation? the french government did it on purpose. and wanted to rise-- to raise the prices on gasoline and petrol or oil products. it was their policy. what they wanted to do is it to redistribute the resources of the citizens. they wanted to channel some of these resources and to addressing the issues they have in economic policies. they wanted to use the money that they would have got from this rise and to channel it into developing alternatives and energy sources such as solar or wind power, and they did that deliberately and people had an issue with that. because they do not like such a change in the energy policy at their expense. what are we seeing in russia? we have a pick up in the gasoline prices because the oil prices in the world markets
have been growing. but the government wasted no time and taking the measures to prevent this call of the prices to-- in increase and we managed to secure an agreement with a major oil refining companies. that is the difference. and in france, the government wanted to rise these prices itself and we had to fight this rise which was happening of its own. of course, this is a trend we are seeing and we have secured this agreement which is going to be in place until march next year. and an adjustment can be made due to the rise in the-- from january the 1st, but this adjustment is going to be very slight, within 1, 1.5% no more
than that and subsequently the government in russia will have to follow closely what is happening in the russian markets, the world markets, the world markets and if we get back to that, i'll go into more detail if you want, but on the whole, even though this is an a management, yielded positive results and i hope that it's going to be functioning further, but the government is going to be able to prevent any hikes of prices on oil products next year. calm down, please. >> i can't hear you. colleagues, be the potential of russia-- >> i responded to that. i said that the people have the right to express their point of view and to stand for it publicly on meetings, on rallies, but within the frame work of law. i saw television.
the television. >> alexander tv company. we see digital television arriving very fast and we see new types of television and what is your assessment of the regency transition to digital television? are we going to see where small settlements are left behind? how can we secure the interests of those who find a part to buy the cheapest stb? what are we to do in the regions in that context and the context of transition to digital television?
>> it is going to be a very hard blow to our budget and we're not going to survive in the analog format and marketplaces off limits to us. i support and i throw my full support behind you. my colleagues, listen to me right now, and i talk to them and when they insistently demand that we should follow the digital path, i agree that it raises the quality, the number of free of charge channels available to citizens, but almost just as you do, i ask a question of them. let's take a small village. is it not going to be left without television at all? >> they assure me that's not the case and we're going to move very carefully to tread cautiously. i think there's an experiment, a pilot in there and as far as i understand, there are no
problems and the governor has reported to me his almost to all villages and settlements, he's controlling the process closely. they're helping people to transition to the digital television, go digital. afterwards two or three more regions again are going to-- yes, there had been an idea to transition very fast within six months, but i tell them no, we cannot do that. we have to tread cautiously. we have to test that and we certainly have to care for the interests of those people who simply cannot afford to buy stb to spend their own money on that. we will closely follow how to plays out in certain regions where pilots are conducted. >> sergei from second channel.
>> good afternoon, mr. president. due to well-known reasons when we spoke about national politics we speak about-- probably the chinese relationship is a different things, but on the 20th of december like to present a case study of cooperation between russia and british special services, of sending illegal agents of soviet and british special services to nazi germany. what do i think about today's state of affairs between russia and the united kingdom? sergei said, he said that you haven't had a meeting or he doesn't know whether you had a meeting with theresa may. have you met with her? and what is your attitude about
brexit initiative, towards the brexit initiative with respect to meetings at such events such as g20? is there are many pulled aside, meetings on the sidelines. we speak on the go, we greet each other and we speak to each other and probably this was the format. we used with the british prime minister. we greeted each other and said a quick word with one another. with respect to russia-u.k. relationship, it's gridlocked, i believe, and it is in the interest of both of our countries to withdraw our ties from gridlock. roux inspect to the brexit impact, i think it's going to be minimal, but anyway, that is going to have -- have an effect on the global and european economy and indirectly it will definitely have an impact on
us. our have is in restoring the full fledged cooperation with britain, yes, we are. and i think that britain is especially the business community of the u.k., there are a lot of british flagship companies around here, like bp. is one of the major stake holders and leading the russian oil and gas company and that british company operates in russian markets and wants to stay here. it's not only them who want to stay now because of-- because of brexit, if it is carried through and by the by, i understand the position of the prime minister. it's up to them to understand it's the internal domestic affair. i hope they won't blame us, but the referendum is any way
passed and to deliver upon the will of the people that was expressed at the referendum, like otherwise, would it be democracy to have another rerun and one more rerun. anyway let's wait and see how the brexit critics respond if they have one more referendum or a rerun, but would it be direct democracy? wouldn't be a proper referendum. it's their domestic business anyway. but what we want is markets and partnerships. partnerships. we didn't discuss that with the prime minister, but we discussed that with our colleagues from the british business community that are quite numerous. if we look at the foreign direct investments, the bulk of the fdi's this year has flowed from the u.k. to the tune of 22
million dollars. it's second by germany, federal republic is the third large es investor partly and anyway, the interest is huge, like in agriculture, the potential is huge. as well as an industry. and energy sector. and i-- there are many others. i hope that common sense prevails. prevails. >> good afternoon. thank you very much. for this opportunity to ask a question. many and experts and ordinary people do--
even think that you have president of russia-- i'd like to know whether that is indeed what you achieve and could you tell what the real real of your foreign policy is. >> we know very well where the headquarters are -- and these headquarters are not in moscow. why is that? this is due to the united states and the world economy, this is due to the position on defen defens defense-- u.s. spent on defense whereas we are-- [inaudible] and we have 140, do you really
think it's ours to the world? no, it's our mentality imposed by some in order to achieve some -- inside the nato block, they want to make unite. i know an external threat is required otherwise unanimity is not going to be achieved. you have to have room to rally and russia is a good candidate for that because of nuclear power internal affairs and especially europe -- why is that? in order to secure internal
political -- detriment al, they tend to employ-- [inaudibl [inaudible] as a matter of fact the foreign policy is to have a development of russia for the economy. we'd like to be secure. we would like to make our country stronger internally to occupy the -- and the international as an equal partner among equal partners. the same thing the international frame work we
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five billion dollars in border wall funding to a short-term spending bill which the president requested. the senate will be in at noon eastern and they will take up that measure. it's unclear whether they have the votes. got a headline for roll call today, trump rages over border wall, see shutdown for very long time. john bennett writing dup before a handful of federal agencies will close urged senate republican to fight for his southern border wall and predicted a likely government shutdown would lost for a very long time. senator leader mitch mcconnell will meet and good things happen, the president lurching from cries to crisis, if enough demes don't vote, there will be a shut down. the house--
and talking about the border wall and syria. >> good morning. good morning. hey, guys. >> how are you. . >> i'm required, can i just blow past you guys, or no? >> what is the president's plans. >> lift the umbrella, please? >> what is this plan? >> sorry, i couldn't hear the last part. >> what is the president's plan for when the senate ultimately votes? >> well, let's hope they don't. the senate, and particularly senate democrats have a constitutional duty to protect the people of this country and we hope that they'll step up and fulfill it today. they need to-- and look, let's be really clear. what is on the line is something that they've supported in the past and frankly supported in the week and talk about border security and what the bill does and nearly $8 billion for states
ravaged by natural disasters. the fact that senate democrats would put that on the line for political purposes, that's a sad, sad moment. i think it's a sad day in america when the mexico can government is doing more to protect our borders and stop the illegal flow of drugs, human and terrorists to across our border. >> i guess the question is, if nothing is going to change in washington, president and white house, republican controlling the senate and democrats soon to control the house, could this go on for months potentially? >> again, let's hope that doesn't have to happen. see what the senate democrats are willing to do and willing to do their job. the american people elected them to come up here and do something not to be obstructionist and go against the president. the american people elected the president, and they elected these members and they want them to work together and they want them to make government function. so they have would be willing to show up on do their jobs and hope they'll do that today.
>> vladimir putin shared the president's decision to leave syria and james mattis leaves, and what is that putin cheering the president and mattis leaving. >> this puts a greater emphasis and makes them have to step up and do something and do more in the region and puts them at greater risk. >> major. >> and said on twitter that it could last for a long time. what does he mean by that? how long and mitch mcconnell needs to fight harder. does the president have a problem with mitch mcconnell's willingness to fight on this issue? >> no, he wants him to be aggressive on this front. i think he would love to see them use the 51 filibuster. i know that's something he's pushed senator mcconnell on in the past and he'd like to see that happen if necessary today and the president wants border security and he's not going to
back down on this fight. >> and. [inaudible] . >> the house has passed it, the president supports it, we have legislation on the floor that everybody should be behind because it fulfills all of the things that they actually have said and they've campaigned for. let's not forget, all of these individuals, the senate democrats have campaigned on border security. they've said they want-- and since then and steel slats, happy to put up. so the idea that they are now opposed to something simply because it's something the president wants is sad. and that should be the big story coming out of today if they don't support it. >> the oval office-- >> general mattis? >> we'll keep you posted, i don't have any announcements. >> [inaudible] >> others working on -- and
that from this morning as
sara sanders was reporting, the president said mitch used the nuclear option and get it done. our country is counting on you, and one tweet out, there's a 10:30 meeting as the shut down looms, two people familiar with the invite, that nuclear option the president is talking about would change the senate's rules to make it easier to pass the latest house and approved spending bill provides in excess of $5 billion in funds for the wall at the u.s.-mexico border. yesterday at the farm bill signing, president trump spoke about border security. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, donald j. trump, vice-president mike pence, and the secretary of the department of agriculture, sonny perdue.