“Why do we need such clowns?”: Putin explained why he did not publicly pronounce the name of Navalny


Vladimir Putin and ORF journalist Armin Wolf. Photos from the Kremlin site
On the eve of his visit to Austria, Russian President Vladimir Putin was interviewed by an Austrian television company ORF (a transcript of the conversation in Russian is published on the Kremlin website). Highlights:
On the "factory trolls" and Eugene Prigogine.“I ask you to make a difference between the government of the Russian Federation, the Russian state, Russian citizens or some legal entities, maybe. You just said that Mr. Prigogine is called Putin’s chef. He is really in the restaurant business, this is his economic base, he is a restaurateur in Petersburg.
But now I want to ask you: Do you really think that a personwho is engaged in the restaurant business, even having some kind of hacking opportunity, having some private company in this area - I don’t even know what he is doing - from this position can influence the elections in the United States or in some European country ? How low everything that happens in the information and political sphere in the countries of the united West has fallen, if the restaurateur from Russia can influence the elections in one of the European countries or in the United States! It's not funny? <...> The Russian state has nothing to do with this. "
On accusations against Russia in connection with the collapse of the Malaysian "Boeing" near Donetsk.“Russian experts are not allowed to investigate, our arguments are not taken into account, no one in this commission wants to listen to us. On the contrary, the Ukrainian side, which is interested in the results of this investigation, is allowed to do this investigation. <...>
You have now listed the countries that allegedly believe that this is a Russian rocket and that Russia is involved in this terrible tragedy. Should you disappoint and disappoint. More recently, Malaysian officials stated that they did not see Russia's involvement in this terrible tragic event, that they had no evidence that Russia was involved in this.Don't you know about this? Have you not seen the statements of Malaysian officials?
So what do we think about this issue? If we really want to understand this terrible event and identify all the factors that would allow us to make a final conclusion, then we need to take into account all the arguments, including the Russian ones. And it would be extremely fair if Russian experts were allowed to investigate. "
About the Crimea."There are no such conditions [for the return of the Crimea to Ukraine] and it cannot be."
About Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.“Yes, the radical elements of Al-Qaeda wanted, in principle, to tear off this territory from the Russian Federation and form a caliphate from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. I don’t think that Austria and Europe would rejoice in it, nothing good would have happened. But At the elections, the Chechen people came to a completely different conclusion, and in the course of the discussion, after all the bloody events, the Chechen people signed an agreement with the Russian Federation. The Russian Federation made a very difficult decision for itself to give Chechnya and many other subjects am of the Russian Federation of such a status that determines a high level of their independence within the framework of the Russian Federation.And this was ultimately the decision of the Chechen people themselves, we are very pleased and adhere to these agreements. "
About democracy in Russia.“No, it’s wrong [that Putin turned Russia into an authoritarian system in which he is a king]. This, of course, is wrong and does not correspond to absolutely no reality, because we have a democratic state and we all live within the framework of the current Constitution. In our Constitution it is written - in my opinion, just as in the Austrian Constitution: two terms in a row, not more, the president can be elected. "
About Alexey Navalny."We have many rebels, just like you, as well as in the United States. <...> We don’t want us to slip another, second, third or fifth Saakashvili, the former president of Georgia. We don’t We want Saakashvili to appear on our political scene in our second, third, fourth edition. Do you like such persons, supposedly political figures?
We, Russia, need people with a positive agenda <...> If there is not a single positive start and suggestions how to solve this or that problem, how to solve this or that issue, then people don’t really react to it. <...>
Voters can look at any person, because the Internet is free. No one closed it. The media is free. People can always go out and declare themselves, as the various figures of various political movements and trends are doing. If a person gains some weight from the voter, then he becomes a figure with whom the government should communicate, negotiate or engage in dialogue. And if the level of trust in one or another political force is measured by 1, 2, 3 percent or hundredths of a percent, then what are we talking about then? Then, please, here is Saakashvili. Why do we need such clowns? "
About his work after this presidential term.“My presidential term has just begun, I’m just at the beginning, let's not get ahead. I’ve never violated the Constitution of my country and I’m not going to do it. Much will depend on how we work - when I say“ we ” , I mean myself and my team - what results we will achieve. But you are right, indeed, I have been doing administrative, state work for a long time, I will have to decide for myself what I will do after I finish my current presidential term. "
On the proposal to hold a referendum on three presidential terms in a row."I do not comment on speculation. I think that it would not be serious from the level of the President of the Russian Federation."

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