Vladimir Putin in interview to the journalist of the American TV channel NBC Megyn Kelly answered a few questions about the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. One in particular, asked the Russian President to “pardon” the opponent, allowing to become a challenge, and could they become partners.
Putin has told that is ready and able to cooperate with those who seek to make Russia stronger, more efficient, more competitive and self-sufficient. This requires a clear program of action for the country’s development in the current environment, he said.
The NBC journalist in question of a possible “pardon” obviously hinted at tolerance Navalny to participate in the presidential elections. Opposition leader not allowed them because of a conviction that the founder of the Fund of struggle against corruption considers rigged a fabricated criminal case.
“You can pardon any man, if he deserves it” – appears on the Kremlin website, Putin’s response. On the question of why in the case of Navalny, this did not happen, the President reiterated: it is possible, if deserved, and there are no exceptions for anyone.
The head of state returned to the issue of cooperation with the opposition, to use the expression “certain political forces”.
“They have that there is a positive and that I basically like? Is that they reveal problems and it’s good actually, it is correct, and this needs to be done,” acknowledged running for another presidential term policies. However, from the point of view of Putin, is not enough: according to him, these political forces have no program for development of the country. Emphasis on the problems dangerous because it leads to destruction where necessary the creation, the President said.
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