Russia-NATO relations, the deep crisis in Ukraine and war scenarios, the energy crisis in Europe, the pandemic, and the subtle issues of the Politkovkaya and Nemtsov assassinations, as well as the attempted assassination of Alexei Navalny, lasted for 56 years. minutes of Vladimir Putin’s annual interview with Russian journalists and foreign correspondents. Regarding the pandemic, the Russian president did not hide his concern, saying that the fight against the coronavirus continues, adding that we are aware of the dangers of the Omicron mutation.
The scourge of Covid-19 vaccination in Russia
Once again, Vladimir Putin did not hide his sorrow for the insufficient level of vaccination in Russia, which reaches only 59.4%, while he expressed the hope that by the first quarter of 2022 the immunity in Russia will have reached 80 %.
He also expressed the view that the COVID-19 pandemic can not be tackled without mutual identification of vaccines with the West.
It was ordered against compulsory vaccinationHowever, he mocked those who call on citizens not to be vaccinated, saying “that in order not to grow old, let them buy cheap glasses”.
He sadly admitted that because of the coronavirus, life expectancy in Russia dropped further and reached 70.1 years. Answering a question about whether percentages mortality from coronavirus in Russia is accurate, replied that it is difficult to see the real mortality rates from the coronavirus, however he promised that he will work for transparency.
“The people of Donbass to determine their fate”
“The future of Donbass must be determined by the people who live there,” he said. At the same time, he reiterated that Russia is not part of the conflict, while emphasizing that the “Minsk Agreement” describes in detail the roadmap for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Regarding the accusations of the West against Moscow, according to which the latter is preparing an intervention in eastern Ukraine, he reiterated that “the Russia wishes peaceful relations with Ukraine “, but sees no way to do so as long as the current leadership is in power. For the role of his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky He noted that while he had initially indicated that he wanted to take steps towards a peaceful settlement of the crisis, he was unfortunately isolated from the radical voices of Kiev.
“Germany resells gas”
On the occasion of the recent accusations against Gazprom, the Russian president claimed that the restriction of its supplies through the Yamal-Europe pipeline is due to the fact that the buyers do not buy it.
“They are now using the same pipeline to pump gas from Germany to Poland. Why;” he wondered and replied that his country supplied Germany with gas that was at a price six times lower than that corresponding to the spot price.
The most important though Vladimir Putin’s complaint is that “Berlin resells gas as a result of which they have turned it into a business”. “And while they do, the pipeline obviously can not be used to pump Russian gas. “I have every reason to believe that the gas from Germany is finally being delivered to Ukraine,” he said, urging European consumers to investigate the matter.
Early January talks between Russia and the US on security
President Putin was pleased to see the US decision to enter into a dialogue with Russia at the beginning of the new year to discuss Russia’s proposal to NATO for security.
“I tried to shed light on the deaths of Boris Nemtsov and Anna Politkovskaya”
Vladimir Putin also received a question from Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov about murders of the politician Boris Nemtsov and the journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The Russian president claimed that he did everything in his power to shed light on these two crimes, adding that the perpetrators were found and convicted, although the perpetrators have not yet been found.
“There is no evidence of Navalny poisoning”
“Western countries have not provided Moscow with any evidence that could confirm the possible poisoning of Alexei Navalny.” This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who added: “You said about the person that he was allegedly poisoned. That is why we have sent several official requests to the Russian prosecutor: give at least some materials to confirm the poisoning. “There is no material, no one for this Novichok or anything.”
Response – Moscow: Achilles Patsoukas
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