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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Putin responded by saying the promise Poroshenko to return the Donbass and the Crimea

Vladimir Putin took advantage of the stay in the European Union, in absentia to reply Petro Poroshenko, who has promised to return the Donbass and the Crimea.

And to once to warn the countries of Eastern Europe about the inevitable consequences of the deployment of us missile defense.

The President reminded that all who watched the operations in Syria, could in practice to assess the effectiveness of Russian weapons – now in his crosshairs is Romania, and in the future can join it and Poland. “But it will react, no first steps we take will not” – “calm down” neighbors of GDP.

Talks with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was delayed longer than usual. Expect joint press conference, the journalists tried to entertain the head of “Rosneft” Igor Sechin. “Who will I quote the first line of Homer’s “Iliad” gets the prize” – he promised. But seeing the confusion on the faces of the writing fraternity, he began to recite: “the Wrath, goddess, sing of the Ageless, Pirieva son… “…

Putin at a press conference also cited, but not the Greek classics, and folk art. “God forbid your calves our the wolf to eat”, – he commented on the promise of Petro Poroshenko after Savchenko to return the Donbass and the Crimea.

The Peninsula, according to him, will forever remain Russian. But the fate of Donbass is mostly in the hands of the Ukrainian authorities. If they will follow the letter of the Minsk agreements, will make changes to the Constitution, will hold an Amnesty, will take the law on the special status (by the way, decentralization could have used the experience of Greece, believes the Russian President), the Kiev has all chances to regain control over the South-East of the country.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

With regard to the negotiations with the Greek authorities, they were successful and fruitful. But for some kind of breakthrough in relations with the EU after this visit should not be counted.

“We don’t expect from Greece the labors of Hercules! – said Vladimir Putin, – it is Unlikely she will be able to clean the Augean stables of the European bureaucracy”.

Alexis Tsipras also avoided answering the question of how Greece will vote at a meeting of the European Union on the question of extending the anti-Russian sanctions. He only promised to do everything possible to smooth things over between Russia and the EU and to remind my colleagues from other States that security in the region is impossible without good relations with Russia.

These words, as well as the related question of the Russian journalist fell on fertile ground.

Putin said that Europe’s security and development cooperation in the first place prevents the expansion of NATO to Russian borders. He recalled that recently in Romania there was a radio-location station and launchers. Now they are placed missiles with a range of 500 km But in a few years – GDP stressed that even knows when – there will be rockets, designed for 1000 km But even this is not the worst.

“Worse than the other – these units can now be shipped strike complexes with a range of 2400 km (those just prior to RF). We just change the software. And no one – even themselves Romanians – will not notice”, – Putin warned. Naturally, Russia will respond to the relevant threat, and it is doing it.

If used in Romania didn’t know what it’s like to be under the gun of Russian weapons, you now know threatened to GDP, adding that the same awaits Poland. However, the head of state promised that the first steps to take Russia will not. Warsaw will take the fly just after on its territory there will be NATO missiles.

Read the material: Putin told the details about the missile defense system in Romania: it is possible to arm the missiles

As for the prospects of restoring relations with Turkey, which recently appeared the new government, the President said: the ball is still in the hands of Ankara. “In addition to statements it is necessary to do something. We through various channels and are in contact with the Turkish side. They know our expectations. We are waiting for concrete steps on their part – yet they are not” – said the GDP.

photo: Natalia Gubernatorova

The President also promised never to spend money on energy projects that are not approved by the European Commission. It has twice happened with the “South stream”, which at first wanted to run through Bulgaria, and then via Turkey. “We need a preliminary guarantee, talking about what a project is of great interest, we are no longer buying and the money you spend will not”, – Putin said. In his opinion, now the most promising is the construction of the gas pipeline “Nord stream-2”. But in principle, Russia is ready to implement any project in the southern direction.

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