In 2018 the beginning of the “Straight line” President Vladimir Putin received almost 2 million questions. The significant part was dedicated to foreign policy of Russia and its global partners. They said the Russian President in the TASS material.
Of sanctions and accusations against Russia
“It’s like this, you see, the method of containment of Russia, as well as the notorious sanctions. Because these endless accusations, as if they are creating the basis for the application of measures constraining, as I think those who resort to such means,” the President said in response to questions from citizens about how long will the accusations against Moscow.
“Because they see Russia as a threat, I see that Russia is becoming a competitor. It seems to me that this is a very wrong policy,” — said Putin, explaining that the establishment of a constructive interaction would lead to a positive effect throughout the world economy.
“Understanding it comes to our partners. I hope that this process will gain momentum”, — concluded the Russian President.
The crisis of relations with the West
“For us, obviously, for us, for Russia it is obvious that we need to protect our interests. To do it sequentially, not rude, not rude, but to protect their interests. And in the sphere of economy and security. We have done and will be done,” Putin said, adding that the crisis in relations with foreign partners will come to an end, when they realize that the interests of the Russian Federation “will have to reckon”.
About third world war and the strategic parity
“You can remember [albert] Einstein. He said, “I don’t know what means will be conducted a third world war, but the fourth will be fought with sticks and stones”, — said the President. Putin added that this fact should deter the world from “extremely dangerous” actions in the international arena.
The Russian President recalled that after his speech in Munich in 2007, many foreign partners of “got angry and said that it was too harsh and inappropriate.” According to Putin, the reason for the differences between the US and EU is that no one “did anything in order” to fight the trend of distribution of U.S. jurisdiction beyond national boundaries.
“Dinner is served, sit down, please,” he added.
On 31 may, the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the decision to trump to introduce from 1 June tariffs on imports from EU countries, Canada and Mexico steel and aluminum products in the amount of 25% and 10% respectively. He recalled that Washington announced the introduction of such fees in all States that supply in the United States similar products, on March 23. Then trump temporarily withdrew from the operation of this decree, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, the Republic of Korea and the EU.
The EU said it will impose retaliatory measures in the beginning of July, Brussels had previously established a wide list of categories of American goods, which can be gradually imposed duties from 10% to 50%. The European Commission has stressed that it reserves the right to asymmetrical measures. Ottawa may 31, also announced the introduction of retaliatory measures from 1 July.
About the case Skrobala
As noted by the head of the Russian state, if in respect of Skrobala was used a chemical warfare agent, they would have died on the spot. “That, thank God, did not happen, then we are dealing with something else,” he said.
Putin also said that Moscow expects London to access the citizen of the Russian Federation Yulia Skripal and to participate in the investigation Skrobala.
4 Mar 66-year-old ex-GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal, sentenced in Russia for espionage in favour of great Britain, and his 33-year-old daughter Julia has been in Salisbury, according to the British side, effects of nerve agents. Later London made a statement that this substance was supposedly developed in Russia, and on this basis accused Moscow of involvement in the incident. The Russian side has categorically denied all the speculation, arguing that programmes such substances neither in the USSR nor in Russia did not exist.
Without presenting any evidence, London deported 23 of a Russian diplomat and expressed other anti-Russian measures, after which Moscow retaliated by sending out RF the same number of employees of the British Embassy, instructing to close the Consulate General of Bulgaria in Saint-Petersburg and to stop the activities of the British Council in Russia.
On the situation in the Donbass
“It is impossible to intimidate the people who live in these territories in the Donbass, LC, DNR. We see what happens there, see how people like it. We provide both unrecognized republics assistance and will continue to do so,” said the President.
Putin added that the current Ukrainian leadership “is not able to solve this problem” and urged Kiev to implement the Minsk agreements.
“If [Ukrainian] authorities will be guided by their selfish political interests, if they continue to plunder his people and to save money for a rainy day offshore in their own name, then no good this situation will not” — said the head of the Russian state.