On the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West
Vladimir Putin was asked about the recent escalation of a kind of tension between the Russian Federation and a number of Western countries, and whether Russia shouldn’t do everything to improve relations with the West for the benefit of Russia itself.
The president replied that the deterioration of relations between Russia and the West did not begin today or yesterday. According to the president, the beginning of a sufficiently deep crisis is associated with the start of the NATO operation in Iraq. Putin noted that at that time Russia had categorically refused to participate in a joint operation with NATO to “establish a democratic order” in a country headed by Saddam Hussein, and Western countries, having understood the Russian position, nevertheless, began a certain rejection of Russia from themselves. They say they did not support us - we will obstruct.
Most often, the deterioration of Russia's relations with the West is provoked by the West itself. The head of state recalled that one of such instruments of deterioration of relations was the law-shaken Magnitsky law in the USA, which replaced the notorious Jackson-Vanik amendment imposing restrictions on Soviet-American trade as a kind of stick with nails for our country. The amendment, it must be recalled, was introduced as a punishment of the USSR for the restrictions imposed on the travel of Soviet Jews abroad. Putin is confident that the adoption by the US authorities of a new restrictive law with respect to Russia is an attempt by the US to dictate its conditions to foreign countries.
Just to inflate the gills: we are the coolest here! -
Vladimir Putin said, giving a description of the adoption of Magnitsky law in the United States At the same time, Putin noted that he did not consider the retaliatory Russian measures to be absolutely correct, but in fact makes it clear that the Russian authorities in this case could not do otherwise to preserve a certain level of state prestige.
In the same question Putin talked about the meeting of the Russian president in Germany and the Netherlands. The asking journalist (from Nezavisimaya Gazeta) said that the outline of Vladimir Putin’s visit to these countries was completely lost, since the main focus in covering this visit was on the “problems” of the LGBT community.
Putin repeated his words, which he said at a press conference in Holland, that if organizations that promote pedophilia are operating in this country, this does not mean that Russia should adopt such dubious experience. Russia is not going to impose its traditional values on the West, and therefore the Western community does not need to be hysterical about the fact that Russia puts a barrier to their values.
Obviously, the West today is just as annoying that Russia is not going to fall into a servile position with only one mention of the presence of states in the world that want to inflate their gills. And the harder Russia will defend its position, the more our foreign “partners” will splutter with saliva, who are not yet ready for the fact that someone other than them may have their own interests.
Is it necessary to break this vicious circle? Of course, the convergence of positions would benefit both Russia and the West. But what if many positions are diametrically opposed? What if, in a strange way, any desire to find productive contact is linked to the rights of sexual minorities, then to the imperfection of the Russian judicial system? In general, the positive relations between Russia and the West are rather dead, no matter how regrettable ... Is it worth exhuming this “dead man” and trying to revive him? What is it for? You just need to build a new relationship. And they should be based on the assertion by Russia of their interests everywhere, whether the West likes it or not.
About Chubais and Rosnano
One of the most pressing issues of the direct line with the president concerned Anatoly Chubais and the Rosnano company he headed. “When will Chubais be in jail?” Is the quintessence of the attitude of society, which is directed towards the main Russian reformer of recent years.
Vladimir Putin said that it is necessary to distinguish theft from an inefficient investment. Today, according to the president, Rosnano’s losses amount to 2,5 billion rubles, and the president does not see a crime here. The head of state noted that the sphere of high technologies is extremely difficult, and therefore it is difficult to insure against inefficient projects and investments.
Can the president’s words be considered an indulgence of Anatoly Chubais’s activities during a straight line with the Russians? Well, if not directly, then indirectly Chubais and the whole “generals” of Rosnano may well continue to declare that they are not, life is like that ... And breathe easy at the same time.
How now to dock with the checks of the company by the Chamber of Accounts with this, and is it worth waiting for revelations after these checks? Here, probably, the answer is obvious. The Audit Chamber can, of course, reveal, but this is unlikely to have far-reaching consequences. After all, today, under the inefficient investments in the entire Russian economy, anything can be written off - from withdrawal from the state budget with subsequent transfer to doubtful accounts of financial assets to all financing of Rosnano. And for the ineffective work they will not be attracted to the criminal line ... What a good loophole for embezzlers and corrupt officials, however.
Here, the opinion of Vladimir Putin clearly does not coincide with the opinion of the majority of Russians, who are eager for retribution with Anatoly Borisovich for the option of privatization that he and his associates at one time turned in the country ...
On the invitation to work Kudrin
The president has revealed a secret that has been stirring the minds of the public lately. The secret was whether Alexei Kudrin (the former head of the Ministry of Finance) was offered to return to government bodies.
Not so long ago, the presidential administration heard the words that Vladimir Putin had not offered a job to Vladimir Kudrin, and that these were all inventions of the journalistic community.
But this time, the president, responding to the question whether Kudrin was offered a job in state structures, said:
"An offer was made, but he (Kudrin) refused- said Putin and continued his answer in a joking manner:
"Net, he doesn't want to work."
It turns out that the interest in the return of Alexei Leonidovich to the state structures was nevertheless in power (and, in all likelihood, remained). And if there were hopes associated with the new arrival of Kudrin to power, then indirectly the economic course that can be taken by the authorities in the near future or taken already appears. This course is a fairly rigid economy of budget funds, which are unlikely to be sent to the real production sector, but will be dropped into the Reserve Fund, filling it and making the next safety cushion from possible crisis waves in the near future. In other words, Kudrin left, but Kudrinomics did not go anywhere. The very presence of the former finance minister in a straight line with the president speaks volumes. If the innovation economy of Russia consists in the immense accumulation of reserves, then why was Kudrin removed from the government at all? Really, the nerves ...
About the letters of Berezovsky
Vladimir Putin said that a letter from Boris Abramovich was. Even two were ... With the same, true text, but still. In the letters, according to the Russian leader, the disgraced oligarch apologized for the large number of mistakes he made and asked permission to return to Russia.
Responding to a question about whether Putin would allow Berezovsky to return, the president answered that, in addition to the moral side of the case, it was necessary to conduct a legal analysis, to appeal to the Supreme Court and the prosecutor's office.
It is generally difficult to evaluate Berezovsky’s letter to Putin himself, the essence of which in the course of the direct line, the president set out. Well, what does it mean to “apologize for mistakes” and “ask permission to return”? Yes, for God's sake - would you come back, who would be against? .. And the decision of the court was already at the end of thirty years of a real term, and no lengthy negotiations with the British on extradition are necessary. Everything was ready for the return: the bunks had to be unfastened and the grille cleaned.
Asked, you see, forgiveness ... From London ... Good goose! Here from the general chamber somewhere near Vorkuta and I would ask after my return. But no. Apparently, some hope deigned to feed.
Yes, Ahmed Zakayev, Andrei Borodin and others will start to write letters at such a pace “to lose their homeland against their will” ... True, the sad result of Boris Abramovich himself can cool this hypothetical fervor.
About the case of Oboronservis
Here it is necessary to recognize that the head of state once again, responding to a question about the progress of the investigation into the Oboronservis case, proceeded to what is usually called “spread the thought over the tree.”
The main phrase, which still leaves at least some hope that the gentlemen who had devastated the country's military budget, would incur a deserved criminal punishment, looked like this:
"Measures will be taken as provided by law."
And further. The President said that it was he who initiated the proceedings in this (now loud) case, answering the question of whether he was aware of fraud schemes and corruption in the Ministry of Defense. That is, Putin began, and who will complete? ..
In other words, the agonizing wait for the outcome continues. At the same time, the head of state is well aware that a lot depends on this outcome. After all, if everything boils down to the fact that the case is not worth a penniless, and that instead of embezzlement there were only “ineffective actions”, then not everyone will accept this result calmly. Does the president need such a public “fluttering”? The answer is “no!” That is why the dashing ending of the soap opera called “Oboronservis” is guaranteed. But what will it be: a “dashing” removal of all the charges, a “dashing” sentence of “a year conditionally” or is it a real blow to the corrupt?
Although, what answer could one expect from the president in this case: “We will put these 100% military property plunderers” or “By Vasilyeva Prison crying”? Well, we are adults and we are well aware that it would be the very same human rights advocates that would be interpreted as pressure from the president on the judicial system.
In general, the answer was given, but questions remained ...
On the flow of new aircraft in the Russian Air Force
The question of modernizing the military aircraft fleet was asked to the president from Lipetsk. Vladimir Putin was asked about when the unit will arrive aviation fifth generation technique.
To this, Vladimir Putin replied that the situation with the modernization of military equipment is changing for the better, that tests of the new T-50 (PAK FA) aircraft are being actively carried out. According to the president, the aircraft will go into mass production in the 2016 year.