In absence of a programme of structural reforms developed for Russia's socio-economic problems, Russian President Vladimir Putin opted for his personal charisma in affirming his leadership and tried to humiliate Navalni vetoed candidate during his conference Of annual press this Thursday, marked this time by presidential elections of next March. Putin said he will compete as "independent," which will reinforce his image of nation's far. The leader, aged 65, in power since 2000, relies on support of "parties," "social organizations," and "citizens." United Russia, majority government party in Parliament, did not even mention it in media appointment: More than three and a half hours and record of 1,640 accredited journalists.More information
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Intervening as a journalist (credited by a private television), Ksenia Sobchak, who aspires to challenge Putin at polls, Terció in favor of Alexei Navalni, politician who takes street out of dissatisfied youth and is vetoed as a candidate for Have been sentenced to prison sentences. Sobchak accused authorities of organizing "fictitious processes" for political purposes against Navalni.
Avoiding uttering name of Kremlin's most feared rival, Putin wanted to ridicule him and compared him to Mikhail Saakashvili, former president of Georgia and former governor of Ukrainian region of Odessa. This exalted populist, which Putin described as "spit" to Georgians and Ukraine, is leading a campaign of protest against Ukrainian authorities.
"The one you named is Saakashvili, only in Russian version," Putin said to Sobchak, who inquiría about Navalni. "Do you want se Saakahsvili to destabilize situation in country, to go from a Maidán (square and, figuratively, protesting) to or, that we have attempts at coup d'état," he said rhetorically.
"The absolute majority of Russia's citizens do not want this and will not allow it. I assure you that authorities were not afraid and fear no one, "said Putin. "We don't want a second edition of Ukraine for Russia. No. We do not want and will not allow, "said resounding. Sobchak, 31, is daughter of late Anatoli Sobchak, mayor of St. Petersburg whose orders Putin worked as responsible for foreign economic relations of that municipality.
"You present a program against all. Is that positive? What do you propose? "snapped president to journalist, as he applauded an auditorium, where majority were in solidarity with president. He did not doubt roar of disapproval that ran through hall of International Congress Centre when a Ukrainian correspondent inquired on Russia's intervention in east of his country. The president denied that Russian army was in that region, but stated that re have been created "certain military police formations that are independent and are prepared to reject any major action against Donbás" (region Formed by provinces of Donetsk and Lugansk). Orwise, he believed that local population would be exposed to attacks by "nationalist battalions."
On exchange of prisoners (76 Ukrainians compared to 300 secessionists) planned among secessionists of Donbás, Putin said that operation is in hands of Kiev and that he hoped it would take place before end of year. The president described Minsk regulatory process as "ineffective" and stated that United States, for its involvement in area, is a full partner of that process outside existing negotiating formats.
On deployment of UN peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine and on border with Russia, Putin insisted on need for a previous direct agreement between secessionists and government of Kiev.
In relation to President Donald Trump, head of Russian state opined that his American colleague has "serious achievements" that are reflected in markets, and that Trump surely wanted to improve his relations with Russia but "is not in a position to do so by Known limitations. " "I don't know if that desire still exists or is exhausted, I hope it will continue to exist," said Russian leader, who admitted that, if not spoken in English, he would treat Trump as "tu". The opposition to American president, he said, attempts to delegitimize him by using argument of his relations with Russia.