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Putin Press Conference and My Notes

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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 07 Jul 2012, 03:04
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Post 05 Mar 2014, 11:26
Putin had a press conference the other day, and I jotted down a few notes on his responses and positions.

Interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiKF8JN1qmk


My notes:

-Events in Ukraine were unconstitutional and an armed seizure of power.
-Putin believes Yanukovych had no chance of reelection, so he is unsure why a seizure of power was necessary.
-Although recognizing the situation as revolutionary, as Ukraine suffers from extreme economic issues, Putin believes change should only occur via constitutional means (as the regions of the former Soviet republic are very fragile and cannot sustain the economic turmoil of political crisis).
-Putin believes the political situation in Ukraine would remain corrupt, and the fact that oligarchs are being made governors of Eastern provinces is only highlighting that fact, so he is very offended at the unconstitutional means new forces used to take power.
-The Russian government is currently giving financial aid to Crimea and is asking Russian regions to raise funds.
-The Russian use of military force is not necessary at the moment (although Russia has the capacity).
-The Russian military will only be used in extreme cases, even though the legitimate president Yanukovych has asked Russia to assist his country by sending the military to defeat nationalists and radical extremists in Kiev and Western regions.
-When radical extremists seized the party of regions building in Kiev, there was only two people in the building (IT people). One was shot dead, and the other burned alive by a Molotov cocktail (even though they had no relations to politics), so Putin is very cynical of the future of Ukraine under the leadership of such extremists and is worried about the future of Russian speakers and ethnic Russians.
-Based on the previous point, Putin believes that it is perfectly legitimate to assist governing bodies that ask Russia for help from extremists.
-Ukraine and Russia are fraternal neighbors.
-The Crimean Republic has been able to take so much power without shooting a single bullet, so there was no use of force in the region. The only thing Russia had done was reinforcing Russian facilities after they came under threat from radical nationalist.
-The economic crisis in Ukraine is a temporary trend.
-Western powers had illegitimate actions in Libya, for example, where the UN only called for maintaining a no-fly-zone, however Western powers expanded that to air-raids and air-strikes (without proper diplomatic sanction). Russia also has such rights to act unilaterally (especially in cases where their interests are in danger) and is not breaking any international laws.
-Russian actions (even if it uses military forces) in Crimea are legal in-terms of international law because they received requests from the legitimate leader of Crimea. Russian legitimacy is further reinforced because of Russia's close relationship to the Crimean region.
-Russia's aid to Crimea is a humanitarian mission.
-People proposing sanctions have to realize that sanctions would mutually effect both sides.
-The leader of Crimea is legitimate because the previous Prime Minister resigned and proper parliamentary procedures were followed to replace him (unlike in Ukraine where there can be no legitimate authority until the next general election).
*The origin of Crimea's request for help is due to armed mobs trying to topple the Crimean parliament, and such worries of violence led parliament to ask Russia for assistance. This was also the origin of the self-defense committees and calls for control over all armed forces, as Crimeans were afraid of the same terrorists attacks in their region as in Kiev.
-Again, he stresses how Crimean authorities took control of their region without a single shot being fired.
-The armed men without insignia weren't Russian soldiers, but local militiamen.
-Russia did not train forces in Crimea, and they are also not considering annexing Crimea.
-Only people living within an area can determine their future, and such people have a right to self-determination.
-Yanukovych told Putin that he didn't order police to shoot at protestors. Police shot at protestors because armed thugs were shooting at police and piercing their shields (hitting the officers). Putin then asked who gave protestors orders to shoot police as an opposing question. Putin then talked about a phone conversation with Yanukovych after the peace agreement, where Yanukovych order riot police units out of Kiev (Putin advised him against it since it would create anarchy, and when he did it protestors seized his government buildings).
*Russia will not go to war against Ukraine unless to protect the Ukrainian people from threats to their security.
-Putin is very concerned about Berkut police officers in Ukraine who are not being treated for their injuries by protestors. He is also concerned about the families of such police officers, who are being harassed and humiliated by thugs.
-Putin would not like to recall the Russian ambassador to the United States.
*Putin doesn't believe Yanukovych has a political future, but Russia allowed him to come to Russia for humanitarian reasons. He believes that Yanukovych would have been killed if he stayed in Ukraine, as death is the quickest way to end someone's legitimacy.
*Yanukovych didn't refuse to sign the EU association agreement, as the West claims, but after he analyzed it, he found that it would be against Ukrainian interests (as it called for increasing fuel prices and other such measures). If he adopted the agreement, he would have to strain economic ties with Russia because EU economic standards would restructure the Ukrainian economy and many agreements with Russia would have to be ended. Because of this, a lot of people would have gone unemployed, and he wanted to avoid that.
-The US supports such 'experiments' as though they are in a lab, and do not take into account the consequences of their experiments.
-Russia will wait until elections to restart ties with Ukraine.
-Gazprom might increase the special price of gasoline to Ukraine if the country is not able to make payments for the previous months.
-Residents in Eastern Ukraine don't feel as though they are part of a legitimate political process, so it is only natural that they rise up against the new authorities. The new authorities must not divide the country into two, and they must have a referendum on the new constitution to make sure the Eastern Ukrainians approve of it.
-Russia will not recognize a terrorist regime if that is what is elected.
-Boycotts against the Paralympics would be an insult to athletes who compete.
-There are diplomatic issues that have to be taken account before assessing the Budapest agreement. The new regime is not legitimate, and there are Russian experts who are saying that Ukraine might break up, like during the former Russian empire, into new states, and it is not in Russia's interests to make agreements with a possible new state in Western Ukraine.
-Russia would be willing to buy additional Ukrainian bonds, but Russia's Western partners have said that both sides need to work within the IMF to stimulate the Ukrainian government to pass reforms and improve the economy.
-Putin is not sure about the future governance of Ukraine, but he agrees with Maidan's call for change - as he believes Ukraine needs some, but he is concerned about the possibility of a semi-Fascist regime coming to power.
-The protest movement was well planned and prepared, and Putin credits the nationalist and extremist forces for the success of the movement.
-None of the previous governments worried greatly about the problems of the people. Russian workers get around $800 a month per capita, while the average Ukrainian worker gets around $350 a month per capita. Ukrainian politicians are simply not doing as much as they could to ameliorate the conditions of their population.
-Putin does not sympathies with Yanukovych since he did not do everything he could to meet the needs of the Ukrainian people.
-Russia should make its position clear to Ukraine. Russia has no enemies in Ukraine as Ukrainians are brothers with Russia. Last year, 3.3 million people moved from Ukraine to Russia (three million of which came for jobs), just to show the close bonds between the two nations.
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Defected to the U.S.S.R.: 18 Apr 2010, 04:44
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Post 05 Mar 2014, 13:00
Thanks for this. My Russian is very poor, so I was having a great deal of difficulty following along with the video which was posted on various Russian sites (meanwhile, no English language sites seemed to be interesting in subtitling it).

Of course, from your link, I see it was on RT, the one place I forgot to look.
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Post 05 Mar 2014, 22:11
Thanks for this.
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