Putin’s annual summary press conference: Quotes

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Russian leader commented on the latest developments in Russian and international politics
14:48, 14 December 2017

Russia’s expenses on national security and policy in this area

Moscow never abandoned the basic treaties, which have been the milestones of international security. Russia will be able to protect itself without getting involved in the arms race. We should provide our own security – in such a way that it does not destruct the economy.

Involvement of Russian regular troops in the Donbas conflict

There is no Russian army in Donbas. There are, however, certain militia units that are quite self-sufficient and ready to deter any large-scale attacks against Donbas. We believe it’s in the interests of the local residents. Because if they don’t have such opportunity, there’s a chance that the so-called nationalist battalions will reach these areas and start the massacre – something even worse than Srebrenica. And they will stop at nothing – even if one appeals to international human rights organizations. And we’re well aware of that.  

Minsk agreements and Ukraine's position

Minsk agreements are not really effective now; first of all - due to the current destructive stance of the Ukrainian authorities. They have no iontentions to implement the deal; no will to begin the true political process. There's a law approved in the Ukrainian Parliament, which stipulates the special status of Donbas - and this would logically complete this process, However, the law has not been implemented for a number of reasons. 

Mikheil Saakashvili’s actions in Ukraine

What Saakashvili’s been doing lately is a spit into the face of the Georgian and the Ukrainian nations. How on Earth do you tolerate that? He’s the former Georgian leader who now gathers rallies and calls himself a Ukrainian. What, there are no true Ukrainians left in Ukraine? Looking at this kind of situation hurts me very much, it breaks my heart. 

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