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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Putin interview: Using Al-Qaeda in Syria is like arming accused terrorists from Guantanamo to fight

In an RT global exclusive premiere, President Putin gives his first post-inauguration interview, speaking in depth with RT’s Kevin Owen ahead of the APEC summit in Vladivostok.
Touching upon a range of issues, he discusses topics from the Pussy Riot trial to the Julian Assange case, from the upcoming US elections to the situation in Syria.
RT: What I want to talk about first of all is the ongoing at the moment APEC summit. You'll be going there very shortly – in Vladivostok because it's the first time that Russia has held it, a prestigious event. But it always begs the question – what's actually achieved at these events, events like that, like the G8, G20?
Now, though APEC is primarily an economic vessel, there's a lot of politics involved as well. And of course a lot of the key players including you, including America, a lot of key players disagree on some very key issues. I'm thinking about Syria, I'm thinking about missile defense, I'm thinking about Iran. Is there a danger that the politics may stifle, get in the way of the big economic deals that the very same key players are hoping to sign at this summit or at least talk about signing?
President Putin: That is true. But in fact – and you’ve just said it yourself – APEC was originally conceived as a forum for discussing economic issues. And as this year’s host country, we also intend to focus on economic and socio-economic challenges.
APEC was originally established with the overall objective of liberalizing the global economy. And we intend to make this a key issue on the agenda in Vladivostok.
Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexsey Druginyn)16.08, 17:2214 comments

Russia needs Human Rights Ombudsmen in every region – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded the independence of his country’s Human Rights Ombudsmen, and suggested making the post obligatory for every region of the Russian Federation.
President Vladimir Putin meeting with paratroopers in Ulyanovsk (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)01.08, 19:4032 comments

NATO should finish job in Afghanistan – Putin

With NATO-led coalition looking to exit the Central Asian hotspot in 2014, President Vladimir Putin said the international forces should stay in Afghanistan until their job is finished.
Republican nominee Mitt Romney(L) and the Democratic leader, President Barack Obama. (AFP Photo)05.09, 17:0512 comments

Russia the wildcard in Obama-Romney faceoff

As the US presidential campaign heads into the final muddy lap, GOP challenger Mitt Romney is busy painting Barack Obama as a weak and gutless leader who is letting Moscow push Washington around on the global stage.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (RIA Novosti/Alexsey Druginyn)19.07, 19:328 comments

Putin promotes social unity, political modernization

President Vladimir Putin has voiced full support for recently approved bills intended to modernize Russia’s political system and called upon MPs to join him in uniting society in pursuit of common goals.
An image grab taken from a video uploaded on YouTube on July 23, 2012 shows Syrian rebel fighters battling government troops in the northern city of Aleppo. (AFP Photo/YouTube)23.07, 19:2087 comments

Putin: Non-stop civil war if Assad ousted

Russian President Putin has warned that if the Assad government is overthrown, the ensuing civil war in Syria may see no end.

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