The President of Russia commented on the situation with unauthorized rallies and gave an assessment of relations between Moscow and Washington
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In Arkhangelsk hosted the international Arctic forum, which brought together representatives of countries having interests and projects in the Arctic. The event was attended by three President — Russia, Finland and Iceland. The two leaders discussed the environment and resource extraction in the region and peaceful cooperation in the Arctic. During the discussion about the future of the region Vladimir Putin commented on the relations of Russia with Ukraine and United States, and also gave an assessment of the unsanctioned rally in Moscow on March 26.
Opening the section, Mr Putin said that Russia intends to increase its presence in the Arctic and greater use of the Northern sea route. For its development there will be a separate structure.
The head of Finland Sauli Niinistö in his speech focused on environmental issues in the Arctic, noting that warming and pollution will have a negative impact on the climate of the entire region. While Niinistö stressed that economic competition in the region should not become “new cold war”. The leader of Iceland Gudny Johannesson remembered how she taught Russian language and admitted that he admires the Russian history connected with the Arctic.
A meeting of leaders of Russia and the USA
Gradually, however, the discussion moved to a discussion of the “difficulties” in relations between Russia and the West. The initiator of such a turn became a TV presenter Geoff Cutmore who was moderating the discussion. When talking about the different approaches to limit emissions, including in Russia and in the United States, Cutmore complained that the Americans on the forum are not presented. But Vladimir Putin immediately pointed out to the presenter on his compatriot.
— First of all, the Americans have. The Ambassador sits, I see — drew Russian leader’s attention on sitting in the room of U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft.
This TV presenter wasn’t enough, he asked Vladimir Putin whether he was ready at the meeting of the Arctic Council (it will hold Finland) to meet with the President of the United States Donald trump. The Russian leader said he was ready for such a meeting, especially in Finland, have an experience of “momentous events” — for example, the signing of the Helsinki accords. But Cutmore did not stop there, noting that it is difficult to speak about cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in the Arctic despite the existing contradictions in Ukraine and Crimea.
However, the Russian leader, to the surprise of the presenter, expressed his gratitude for precision of language.
— I knew that this would happen, smiled the President. — First and foremost I want to thank you — you divided up the Crimea and Ukraine, and rightly so. We perceive and treat the United States as a superpower with which we want to establish very good partnerships. All the rest is lies and fictions against Russia and provocations. All of it is used for the domestic American agenda. Here is what exactly? This anti-Russian card is played in the interests of certain political forces within the United States. To raise, to consolidate their own positions within the United States, the President said.
He recalled that the American Ambassador to Russia meets regularly with various officials and businessmen and that no one can prevent him.
— But the contacts of our Ambassador in the United States are limited — reminded Vladimir Putin. — Meeting any perceived hostility, as some spy action. Isn’t this nonsense? And why us Ambassador? In order to communicate with people, maintain contacts with the political elite, businessmen, members of Congress and the Senate, with members of the government administration. This is a global diplomatic practice, — said the Russian leader.
The moderator, meanwhile, insisted, deciding this time to clarify not interfere if Russia in the U.S. presidential election.
Once Reagan (former US President Donald Reagan. — “News”), debating about the new taxes, said, “Read my lips: No!” — said the Russian leader.
When the questions have dried up Catmore, Vladimir Putin expressed hope that relations between Russia and the United States will be able to return to constructive negotiations: the parties will cooperate in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, as is already happening on the Syrian issue.
At the end of the meeting, the discussion and went from the Arctic theme: the Russian leader was asked to comment on protests, last March 26 in Russia. In the West the actions of the police against the detainees managed to criticize. The Russian leader has considered such a question interference in the internal politics of the state.
All these calls come on the backdrop of the killings of the police, say, in Paris, where demonstrators in connection with the murder of one of the citizens of his home — a Frenchman of Chinese descent, reminded Vladimir Putin. — Therefore raising questions of this kind and appeals to Russia of such kind, we consider purely political questions with the aim of providing some pressure on the internal political life in the country — said the Russian leader.
The head of state reminded that Russia has consistently supported anti-corruption agenda.
— With regard to our domestic events, we have consistently advocated a fight against corruption which is a serious enough problem for us — incidentally, in recent years less, by including the public opinion polls, and for other countries. This is true, and we do it, and people see it. I personally advocate that questions on the fight against corruption was always the center of attention of the public. And always had a positive Outlook this to the attention of the people to these problems, — the President emphasized.
The Russian leader also noted that the theme of the fight against corruption is often used for the political promotion of certain persons.
— I think it is wrong if some political forces are trying to use for their own selfish interests this tool (an unauthorized action) is not to improve the situation in the country, and for self-promotion in the political arena on the eve of some political events, including election campaigns in the country, he said. — We all know — and I want to draw to your attention that this tool was used at the beginning of the so-called Arab spring. What bloody events in the region this has led, we know very well, — concluded the President of Russia.