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Putin's Annual Q&A Session 2014

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Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual "direct line" call-in live televised broadcast, April 17.

Dialogue only way to restore order in Ukraine. The crisis should be resolved within the Ukrainian state and by the Ukrainian government, not by Russia and the US - Putin

It’s hard to negotiate with European leaders who choose to whisper even at home amid fears of the US spying on them - Putin

In line with the traditions established by the previous programs, the head of state will answer questions from Russian citizens concerning issues of the country's social, political and socioeconomic life, as well as the international situation.

April 17, 2014

 

Putin: Russia may invade Ukraine to protect locals: Putin said. “I remind you that the Federation Council of Russia [the upper house of Parliament] empowered the president to use the armed forces in Ukraine.” Putin added that he hoped he would not have to resort to that.

Putin admits Russian troops were in Crimea before vote: Putin was asked in regard to Crimea: “Who were those men in green uniforms?” They were Russian troops, he answered, deployed to make sure residents of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula were safe from assault by the government in Kiev

Putin: 'Nonsense - no Russian troops, special services in east Ukraine': “This is nonsense, there are no Russian troops in the east of Ukraine,” Vladimir Putin said at an annual Q&A session, adding that the Kiev government should talk to the local residents to tackle

Video: Snowden Challenges Putin on Mass Surveillance on Call-In Show: Putin said Russia regulates communications as part of criminal investigations, but "on a massive scale, on an uncontrolled scale we certainly do not allow this and I hope we will never allow it."

 

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