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Putin to hold Q&A marathon on 2014 geopolitical paradigm shift

The much anticipated Q&A marathon by the Russian President is expected to be heavy on economics and politics following major geopolitical shifts this year. Some 1,200 journalists will attend the event with RT broadcasting it live for intl audiences.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is holding a press conference on pressing issues of the day, including the economic turbulence and volatility of the national currency, at noon on December 18. This is the 10th annual press conference to be held by the Russian President. Similar formats in the past lasted normally up to several hours.

It concerns over the state of the Russian economy in direct confrontation with the West and the governments’ response to the crisis that some 1,200 international journalists will likely seek to tackle first.

“It is clear that the economy will be the first thing that will be asked,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Rossiya 24 TV news ahead of the big event. He said that the Kremlin expects questions “on the situation in the economy, the situation with the ruble, prices, measures that the leadership of Russia have in mind to tackle these.”

Since the beginning of 2014 the ruble has fallen almost 50% against the US dollar. In an effort to halt the devaluation of the national currency the Central Bank has raised its key interest rate to 17 percent, a measure that was not enough to effectively stop the volatility. At the same time, the price of food products in retail chains in the past year in Russia rose by up to 25 percent and it is feared that in the first months of 2015 prices could rise even further.

Putin will also likely discuss the tense geopolitical situation in the world that has been shaped following the Ukrainian turmoil and civil war and Crimea’s referendum to join Russia. Peskov called 2014 an “unusual” year in terms of “a paradigm shift in the international system,” something that the Russian President plans to elaborate even further.

The hostilities in Ukraine are expected to remain one of the main topics of discussions as a ceasefire in Donbas announced by Kiev last week is barely holding up. Meanwhile accusing Moscow of “aggression” in Ukraine, NATO countries has not only slapped Russia with economic sanctions but also stepped up military presence on the Russian borders.

And the biggest question of all is how Russia will react if further sanctions are introduced by the US and the EU.

In preparation for the Q&A session, Putin has been actively seeking expert opinion from a number of government ministers, analysts and advisers. Peskov says, that the Russian leader is prepared for any possible question.

“The press conference is always a place where the president can be asked any questions,” he said, highlighting that the President will answer uncensored questions, summing up the events of the outgoing year.

The live Q&A press conference was first held in 2001 and hosted over 500 journalists. Since then it continued annually until 2008, when Putin became Russia’s Prime Minister. It was then reintroduced in 2012 after Putin was re-elected President.

In his previous key public address Putin made a strong stance against US-led attempts by the West to weaken Russia during his state of the union address to the Federal Assembly earlier in December.

Make sure to tune in to RT live coverage – on RT.com and YouTube channels, including RT French – to stay on top of the Russian leader’s remarks as they will be brought to you live at 9:00 am GMT.

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Vladimir Putin is to make an official visit to China

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On May 20, Vladimir Putin will pay an official visit to the People’s Republic of China at the invitation of President Xi Jinping.

In the course of talks in Shanghai, the two leaders will discuss issues of bilateral cooperation. A number of important documents are being prepared for the visit, covering trade, economic, energy and humanitarian areas.

The parties are to consider the current state of cooperation between Russia and China on the international arena and prospects for its development. The visit is to bring these relations to a new stage of overall partnership and strategic cooperation.

On May 21, the President of Russia will take part in the Fourth Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) dedicated to improving dialogue and coordination for a new, peaceful and stable Asia. The summit will also consider CICA evolution prospects.

During his stay in Shanghai Vladimir Putin will hold a number of bilateral meetings with CICA summit participants.

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Putin hopes USA will realize that it is not the only leader in world

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The United States is not the only leader in the world, and Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that official Washington would come to realize this. Putin made this statement on Thursday in a televised question and answer session, adding that Russia and USA had many areas for mutually advantageous cooperation.“The United States is one of the world leaders,” the Russian president noted. “It seemed at some moment that it was the only leader, and a unipolar system was forming,” he added.

“Today, it has turned out that it’s not so,” the Russian leader said. “Everything is very interdependent in the world, and if [the United States tries] to punish all, it will finally cut off the branch it is sitting on,” the Russian president said. “One day it [the US side] will develop this understanding,” Putin believes.

Putin declined to answer what, in his view, was the notional score in Russia-US relations. “I would not interpret them is such a way, it’s not a sports competition,” he said.

“We are partners and I hope that we have a good future for the development of relations, because we have interests that coincide in many areas: security, non-proliferation, as well as fighting terrorism and the development of the world economic system,” he said.

“The fulfillment of these tasks meets both our and American interests, and we will not be able to effectively fulfill them if we fail to act together,” Putin is certain.

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Putin says oil wars with Russia will make West bleed

Opportunities for the West to hurt the Russian economy are limited, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday. Europe cannot stop buying Russian gas without inflicting pain on itself, and if the US tries to lower oil prices, the dollar will suffer.

If the West tries to damage Russia’s influence in the world energy market, efforts will likely backfire, the Russian President said during his twelfth annual televised question and answer session.

To really influence the world oil market a country would need to increase production and cut prices, which currently only Saudi Arabia could afford, Putin said.

The president added he didn’t expect Saudi Arabia, which has “very kind relations” with Russia, will choose to cut prices, that could also damage its own economy.

If world oil production increases, the price could go down to about $85 per barrel. “For us the price fall from $90 to $85 per barrel isn’t critical,” Putin said, adding that for Saudi Arabia it would be more sensitive.

Also the President said that being an OPEC member, Saudi Arabia would need to coordinate its action with the organization, which “is very complicated.”

Meanwhile, Russia supplies about a third of Europe’s energy needs, said Putin. Finland, for example, is close to Russia economically, as it receives 70 percent of its gas from Russia.

“Can Europe stop buying Russian gas? I think it’s impossible…Will they make themselves bleed? That’s hard to imagine,” the Russian president said.

Since oil is sold internationally on global markets cutting the price would mean lower dollar circulation, diminishing its value in the global currency market.

“If prices decrease in the global market, the emerging shale industry will die,” Putin said.

The US shale industry has boosted domestic production, helping the US become independent and situating it to overtake Russia as a producer.

Russia’s economy largely relies on energy. In 2013 more than 50 percent of the national budget was funded by gas and oil revenues. The main revenue comes from oil, as last year, oil revenues reached $191 billion, and gas $28 billion.

“Oil and gas revenues are a big contribution to the Russian budget, a big part for us when we decide on our government programs, and of course, meeting our social obligations,” the president said.

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Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be held on April 17 at 12 pm

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The annual special Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations on April 17, 2014 at 12 pm Moscow time.

In line with tradition, the President will answer questions from Russians regarding public and political affairs and the socioeconomic life of the nation, as well as international affairs.

As in previous years, Vladimir Putin will answer questions not only from the studio audience, but also from people around the country, with whom the President will communicate via video linkup set up in various Russian cities. People can also call or text the call centre. For the first time this year people will also be able to send in short video messages. Questions to the President can also be posted on the special website http://www.moskva-putinu.ru. Questions are welcome during the entire week leading up to the broadcast.

Vladimir Putin will answer the most interesting and relevant questions selected from those sent to the call centre and the website.

The call centre began its operation at 12 pm Moscow time on April 10, and will take calls until the end of the live session. Calls can be made from any part of Russia to the following toll-free number: 8-800-200-4040. Calls from both mobile phones and landlines are free of charge. Residents of Crimea and Sevastopol can now call a special toll-free number: +7-495-539-2442.

Questions to the President can also be posted online in the Ask a Question page on the website http://www.moskva-putinu.ru, or москва-путину.рф. For the first time ever this year people can send in short video-files using the same website or a special mobile application.

Mobile text messages can be sent free of charge to the number 0-40-40 from telephone numbers issued by Russian mobile operators. Questions should be written in Russian and contain no more than 70 characters.

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Transdniestrian authorities ask Putin to initiate recognition of republic’s independence

A decision is based on the results of the last referendum in Transdniestria, where the vast majority of the region’s residents voted for independence and annexation to Russia

TIRASPOL, April 16

Transdniestrian authorities ask Russia to recognize the breakaway republic as a sovereign independent state.

The treatment was accepted by the Supreme Council of Transdniestrian State Duma and addressed to the Russian Federation Council and the President of Russia, the press service of the legislature said.

They explained that this decision based on the results of the last referendum in Transdniestria, where the vast majority of the region’s residents voted for independence and annexation to Russia. This is not the first call to Moscow authorities for recognition, but now the reason to come back to this issue was the Crimea re-unification with Russia.

“Transdniestria does not legally different from the Crimea, and the process of reunification with Russia should be held on the Crimean scenario,” said the lawmaker Vyacheslav Tobuh.

It is assumed that on Thursday a delegation of MPs led by Sseaker Michael Burle will go to Moscow, where they plan to meet with the speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin.

ITAR-TASS

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Telephone conversation with President of the United States Barack Obama

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Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama.

The leaders discussed various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, first and foremost in the southeastern regions engulfed by mass protests against the policies of the current authorities in Kiev.

The Russian side stressed that the protests in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov, Slavyansk and other cities in southeastern Ukraine are the result of the Kiev authorities’ unwillingness and inability to take into account the interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population. Vladimir Putin called upon Barack Obama to use the American side’s capabilities to prevent the use of force and bloodshed.

In response to the US President’s expressed concern about Russia’s alleged interference in southeastern Ukraine, the President of Russia noted that such speculations are based on inaccurate information. The current Ukrainian authorities must think first and foremost about truly involving all the main political forces and regions in a transparent process for developing a new constitution that guarantees the main rights and freedoms for citizens, the nation’s federal structure and its non-aligned status.

The two sides agreed to continue efforts to seek diplomatic cooperation in the context of the Ukrainian situation ahead of the four-party meeting (EU, Russia, US and Ukraine) scheduled to take place in Geneva on April 17.

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Putin watches situation in Ukraine’s east with great alarm

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NOVO-OGAREVO, April 14. ITAR-TASS.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is watching the situation in the east of Ukraine with great alarm, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov says.

Asked about Putin’s reaction to reports coming from eastern Ukrainian regions asking the Russian president to interfere, Peskov told journalistsб “Unfortunately, many such requests, addressed personally to Putin and asking him to help, interfere in this or that form, are coming from eastern Ukraine”.

“The Russian president is watching the development of the situation in these regions with great alarm,” Peskov said.

“That’s all I can say on the issue,” the spokesman added.

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Vladimir Putin will address the Federal Assembly on March 18

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Vladimir Putin will address State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and civil society representatives at the Kremlin on March 18 at 3 p.m. on the Republic of Crimea’s and city of Sevastopol’s request to join the Russian Federation.

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أفاد المكتب الصحفي للرئيس الروسي فلاديمير بوتين يوم الإثنين 17 مارس/ آذار أن الرئيس بوتين سيلقي خطابا استثنائيا غدا الثلاثاء أمام الجمعية الفدرالية (البرلمان) بشأن الوضع حول القرم

 وأضاف المكتب أن بوتين سيلقي خطابه في الساعة 15:00 بتوقيت موسكو. وكان برلمان جمهورية القرم قد توجه الى موسكو في وقت مبكر من اليوم ذاته بطلب قبول القرم في قوام روسيا الاتحادية بصفة وحدة إدارية

كما أصدر البرلمان في اجتماعه الاثنين قرارا “حول استقلال القرم”. وجاء في القرار أنه استنادا إلى نتائج الاستفتاء، الذي أظهر أن شعوب القرم تؤيد الانضمام الى روسيا والخروج من قوام أوكرانيا، يعلن البرلمان جمهورية القرم دولة مستقلة ذات سيادة، بينما تتمتع مدينة سيفاستوبول بوضع خاص في قوامها

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Russian MPs recall urgent bill to accept new Russian Federation subjects

Deputies of the leftist Fair Russia faction said their original bill had been prepared to ease the entry of the Crimean Autonomous Republic but it turned out that it can happen under existing laws.

The decision to recall the bill was taken after Sunday’s referendum in Crimea in which the overwhelming majority of the republic’s population voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The Crimean parliament has already passed a bill to adopt the Russian currency.

The Russian President and parliament have promised to comment on Tuesday regarding the future of accepting the Crimean Republic into the Russian Federation.

The State Duma statement was prepared jointly by all four parliamentary factions. According to the leader of the Fair Russia party, Sergey Mironov, it will express unconditional support for the referendum results and request the authorities in the Crimean Republic to ensure security, equality and normal social and economic conditions for all residents of the peninsula.

The original Fair Russia bill on bringing new regions into the Russian state was submitted in early March and its sponsors openly admitted that the main reason behind the move was their fear over the fate of ethnic Russians in Crimea.

“To put it in plain text, the bill was initiated by me for the sake of Crimea,” Mironov said. He also expressed confidence that the bill could be passed very fast – within a week after the Crimean referendum.

The suggested amendments make the acceptance of new regions possible without intergovernmental agreements in two cases – if such a move is approved by a universal referendum of the region’s residents, or if the request is made by a legitimate body of state power from another country.

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