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Every year, Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a press conference where journalists from throughout the Russian Federation and the wider world gather to ask the Russian President questions on anything. Many of the questions are hostile, but Putin gives honest and often lengthy, detailed answers to each.

In 2014 for example, his press conference lasted nearly 4 hours in length.

But Putin  makes himself widely available to journalists from around the world the whole year round, not least at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Putin is generally one of most widely talkative major world leader when it comes to taking and answering questions from journalists.

At this year’s Economic Forum, Putin fronted a marathon 2 hour session that also featured his ally Prime Minister Modi of India, Moldovan President Igor Dodon, as well as Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern.

Hosting the lengthy Q and A was none other than professional Trump hater Megyn Kelly who has in the past expressed deeply hostile views towards Russia.

READ MORE: Vladimir Putin charms Megyn Kelly in St. Petersburg (Videos)

Her questions to Putin were often a reflection of the western mainstream media Russophobic narrative, yet Putin took it on in stride with his usual calm, collective confidence.

Throughout the duration of the Forum in Putin’s home town, the Russian President answered often difficult questions from journalists of all backgrounds and from all nations.

This may well be the crux of why western media figures and western leaders harbour such a disdain for Putin.

They dislike Putin not because he is bad but because he is so good. Putin is able to seamlessly shift from rattling off statistics about oil and gas production, to talking about regional issues in Russia, to the details of UN reports on the Middle East, to the economy of the EU, to the political situation in America, to China’s trade project One Belt–One Road, all without breaking a sweat.

What’s more is that he does it all without a script, teleprompter or any other ‘guidance’.

Many people in Europe lament that their countries are controlled by an un-elected Council of the European Union. Likewise, many are dismayed that America is now more controlled by the deep state than by elected officials, including the President.

In Russia this is not the case. Putin is in charge, he is democratically elected to be so and his command of Russian and global political issues is apparent. Even his adversaries can scarcely deny that Putin knows his stuff and is able to communicate it clearly and effectively.

Increasingly, western journalists and commentators are no longer able to utter an even semi-cohesive sentence without a script or weeks of preparation.

Putin does it as though it is easy.

Perhaps this is why Putin is hated by the west and loved by those who still are man enough to respect a real leader who can lead wisely and competently….all without a net.

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Isabella Jones

I agree – they hate him because he is good – very very good – at his job and that job has included kicking out the parasites who sought to turn Russia into their vassal in the 1990’s, it has included taking Russia from the edge of the drain to it’s present position on the world stage. But it’s more than that. They hate him because he is good, period. By which I mean a good man, a man of total integrity, high intelligence put to excellent use because guided by that integrity, and of enormous compassion, which means a… Read more »

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Tim Webb

In this, of course, Putin reflects the nature of that greatest of all men, the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who experienced exactly the same reaction from the jews, who were, are, and it seems always will be, liars, murderers, and thieves. My own belief is that Putin is hated by these people for precisely this reason; he has wrested control of his great nation from the jews, and has allowed Orthodox Christianity to once again fulfill its central place in the spiritual lives of the Russian people. http://russiafeed.com/putin-goes-to-church-after-meeting-macron/ And because of this, Russia is now the source… Read more »

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you for those links Tim. I’ll go look at them.

Dave K
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Dave K

Also, he is hated because he doesn’t kiss Zionist Jew ahss like most other western leaders. This is the main reason.

Antonakis Mamas Demetriou
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Antonakis Mamas Demetriou

Very nicely said Isabella you saved me the job of writing exactly the same
You certainly have an intelligent brain the western fake news can’t pull the wool over your eyes.

Isabella Jones
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Isabella Jones

Thank you Antonakis, you’re very kind. I think all of us here are the same – we’re a group of “no wool pulled” people who come for mutual support and interest. Cheers.

lickeyleaks
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lickeyleaks

Putin is doing to the World what Nigel Farage did to Europe,exposing them for what they really are,CROOKS….

permopin
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permopin

Somehow, I find it hard to believe that western leaders hate Mr Putin. I would rather believe they are frustrated with their own failure to be just like Putin, unable to accept the reality that in the unlikely event they managed to come close, they could not live with being the second best.

Walter Dublanica
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It is simple ,you hate someone who outsmarts you as is the case of Putin outsmarting the western elite. Putin is on the side of PEACE and with that holds the best cards. Nobody ,even the western elites can seriously want war.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

This “hating” what the western leaders supposed to do is called: Western Values.

thnkfryrslf
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thnkfryrslf

I listened to Putin answer Megyn Kelly’s questions with great interest. Kelly’s questions were derived from the Wests MSM’s narrative and constant propaganda about Russia interfering with the US election, something Hillary is still stating. Putin with patience answered each ridiculous question and in so doing he explained what the real facts were and how and why the US needed to falsely demonize Russia. Now this is a man who has US-NATO military arms and troops throughout Eastern Europe, building up along the Russian border.All of this is being done alledgedly because the Baltic states, fear a Russian invasion.This is… Read more »

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I did notice that, despite her neoliberal indoctrination, Kelly was completely fascinated by Putin.
Given sufficient time, I suspect that she would learn to stand alongside the wonderful Zakharova, but sad to say, she has to return to that nest of thieves, murderers, and liars operating out of the so-called, but clearly no longer, United States.

DarkEyes
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DarkEyes

Methinks, at that momen she saw and listened to a real leader of a great nation just answering her questions and leave her in her dignity as she was at that moment.
You could “feel” she was more and more coming in shock about the human being “Putin” in contrast to what the “homefront” is telling about this man, this great leader.
She will be in shock for a while and when she “wakes up”, might radically change her mind. IMO.

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my2Cents

Putin, solely by being himself, holds a mirror up to others and they see their reflection of incompetence or their corruption, and they don’t like it. When I first saw MK I wonder who in God’s name would have invited this former Fox nitwit to interview anyone (Putin) in St. Petersburg….Well in retrospect I believe Putin did it to make a point and to have MK ask the stupid questions as well as the silly accusations doing the rounds in Washington so he (Putin) could answer the West Loud and Clear once and for all.. It gave him a perfect… Read more »

strav
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strav

I vote for Vladimirovich in every australian elections always! Local state and federal! His the only politican and lavrov I’d vote for! Not the western garbage puppets!

Cristiano Barbaro
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Cristiano Barbaro

I love how Megyn Kelly is made to look like a fool. She asks the usual clichè anti Russian questions and Putin plays her like a fiddle with the truth!

rea
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rea

i agree putin the ebst world leader– now trump -putin are the best – make america great again–make rusia always great

dejavutoyou
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dejavutoyou

Just finished watching the interview between President Putin and Miss Kelly. It seems that Kelly was playing checkers, asking obvious questions to illicit a response from President Putin. President Putin on the other hand, appears to be tolerating her and her juvenile questions. Any American that is following the circus that is called an investigation should be able to see right through it. How could Russia effect the outcome of over 120,000,000 voters? The President was also asked if Russia had a dossier on President Trump. Of course they do BUT not the way that Kelly was stating it. It… Read more »

Donna
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Donna

They are afraid if Trump and Putin got together they could take back the would from evil hands.

CumExApostolatus
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LD
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LD

Putin is a good president because he loves his country as only a Russian can. He knows what war can do: 22 million deads in WO II…his father and brother amongst them. His presidency is not a job, it is a mission.

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Under the new wide-ranging U.S. sanctions, Venezuela will not be able to import U.S. naphtha which it has typically used to dilute its heavy crude grades.

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Litasco, the international trading arm of Russia’s second-biggest oil producer Lukoil, stopped its oil swaps deals with Venezuela immediately after the U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and state oil firm PDVSA, Lukoil’s chief executive Vagit Alekperov said at an investment forum in Russia.

Russia, which stands by Nicolas Maduro in the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, has vowed to defend its interests in Venezuela—including oil interests—within the international law using “all mechanisms available to us.”

Because of Moscow’s support for Maduro, the international community and market analysts are closely watching the relationship of Russian oil companies with Venezuela.

“Litasco does not work with Venezuela. Before the restrictions were imposed, Litasco had operations to deliver oil products and to sell oil. There were swap operations. Today there are none, since the sanctions were imposed,” Lukoil’s Alekperov said at the Russian Investment Forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Another Russian oil producer, Gazprom Neft, however, does not see major risks for its oil business in Venezuela, the company’s chief executive officer Alexander Dyukov said at the same event.

Gazprom Neft has not supplied and does not supply oil products to Venezuela needed to dilute the thick heavy Venezuelan oil, Dyukov said, noting that the Latin American country hadn’t approached Gazprom Neft for possible supply of oil products for diluents.

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Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question.

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It was billed politely as a Franco-German “compromise” when the EU balked at adopting a Gas Directive which would have undermined the Nord Stream 2 project with Russia.

Nevertheless, diplomatic rhetoric aside, Berlin’s blocking last week of a bid by French President Emmanuel Macron to impose tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 gas project was without doubt a firm rebuff to Paris.

Macron wanted to give the EU administration in Brussels greater control over the new pipeline running from Russia to Germany. But in the end the so-called “compromise” was a rejection of Macron’s proposal, reaffirming Germany in the lead role of implementing the Nord Stream 2 route, along with Russia.

The $11-billion, 1,200 kilometer pipeline is due to become operational at the end of this year. Stretching from Russian mainland under the Baltic Sea, it will double the natural gas supply from Russia to Germany. The Berlin government and German industry view the project as a vital boost to the country’s ever-robust economy. Gas supplies will also be distributed from Germany to other European states. Consumers stand to gain from lower prices for heating homes and businesses.

Thus Macron’s belated bizarre meddling was rebuffed by Berlin. A rebuff was given too to the stepped-up pressure from Washington for the Nord Stream 2 project to be cancelled. Last week, US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell and two other American envoys wrote an op-ed for Deutsche Welle in which they accused Russia of trying to use “energy blackmail” over Europe’s geopolitics.

Why France’s Macron, at the last minute, attempted to undermine the project by placing stiffer regulations is a curious question. Those extra regulations if they had been imposed would have potentially made the Russian gas supply more expensive. As it turns out, the project will now go-ahead without onerous restrictions.

In short, Macron and the spoiling tactics of Washington, along with EU states hostile to Russia, Poland and the Baltic countries, have been put in their place by Germany and its assertion of national interests of securing economical and abundant gas supply from Russia. Other EU member states that backed Berlin over Nord Stream 2 were Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands.

Washington’s claims that Nord Stream 2 would give Russia leverage of Europe’s security have been echoed by Poland and the Baltic states. Poland, and non-EU Ukraine, stand to lose out billions of dollars-worth of transit fees. Such a move, however, is the prerogative of Germany and Russia to find a more economical mode of supply. Besides, what right has Ukraine to make demands on a bilateral matter that is none of its business? Kiev’s previous bad faith over not paying gas bills to Russia disbars it from reasonable opinion.

Another factor is the inherent Russophobia of Polish and Baltic politicians who view everything concerning Russia through a prism of paranoia.

For the Americans, it is obviously a blatant case of seeking to sell their own much more expensive natural gas to Europe’s giant energy market – in place of Russia’s product. Based on objective market figures, Russia is the most competitive supplier to Europe. The Americans are therefore trying to snatch a strategic business through foul means of propaganda and political pressure. Ironically, the US German ambassador Richard Grenell and the other American envoys wrote in their recent oped: “Europe must retain control of its energy security.”

Last month, Grenell threatened German and European firms involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2 that they could face punitive American sanctions in the future. Evidently, it is the US side that is using “blackmail” to coerce others into submission, not Russia.

Back to Macron. What was he up to in his belated spoiling tactics over Nord Stream 2 and in particular the attempted problems being leveled for Germany if the extra regulations had been imposed?

It seems implausible that Macron was suddenly finding a concern for Poland and the Baltic states in their paranoia over alleged Russian invasion.

Was Macron trying to garner favors from the Trump administration? His initial obsequious rapport with Trump has since faded from the early days of Macron’s presidency in 2017. By doing Washington’s bidding to undermine the Nord Stream 2 project was Macron trying to ingratiate himself again?

The contradictions regarding Macron are replete. He is supposed to be a champion of “ecological causes”. A major factor in Germany’s desire for the Nord Stream 2 project is that the increased gas supply will reduce the European powerhouse’s dependence on dirty fuels of coal, oil and nuclear power. By throwing up regulatory barriers, Macron is making it harder for Germany and Europe to move to cleaner sources of energy that the Russian natural gas represents.

Also, if Macron had succeeded in imposing tougher regulations on the Nord Stream 2 project it would have inevitably increased the costs to consumers for gas bills. This is at a time when his government is being assailed by nationwide Yellow Vest protests over soaring living costs, in particular fuel-price hikes.

A possible factor in Macron’s sabotage bid in Germany’s Nord Stream 2 plans was his chagrin over Berlin’s rejection of his much-vaunted reform agenda for the Eurozone bloc within the EU. Despite Macron’s very public amity with Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin has continually knocked back the French leader’s ambitions for reform.

It’s hard to discern what are the real objectives of Macron’s reforms. But they seem to constitute a “banker’s charter”. Many eminent German economists have lambasted his plans, which they say will give more taxpayer-funded bailouts to insolvent banks. They say Macron is trying to move the EU further away from the social-market economy than the bloc already has moved.

What Macron, an ex-Rothschild banker, appears to be striving for is a replication of his pro-rich, anti-worker policies that he is imposing on France, and for these policies to be extended across the Eurozone. Berlin is not buying it, realizing such policies will further erode the social fabric. This could be the main reason why Macron tried to use the Nord Stream 2 project as leverage over Berlin.

In the end, Macron and Washington – albeit working for different objectives – were defeated in their attempts to sabotage the emerging energy trade between Germany, Europe and Russia. Nord Stream 2, as with Russia’s Turk Stream to the south of Europe, seems inevitable by sheer force of natural partnership.

On this note, the Hungarian government’s comments this week were apt. Budapest accused some European leaders and the US of “huge hypocrisy” in decrying association with Russia over energy trade. Macron has previously attended an economics forum in St Petersburg, and yet lately has sought to “blackmail” and disrupt Germany over its trade plans with Russia.

As for the Americans, their arrant hypocrisy is beyond words. As well as trying to dictate to Europe about “market principles” and “energy security”, it was reported this week that Washington is similarly demanding Iraq to end its import of natural gas from neighboring Iran.

Iraq is crippled by electricity and power shortages because of the criminal war that the US waged on that country from 2003-2011 which destroyed much of the country’s infrastructure. Iraq critically needs Iranian gas supplies to keep the lights and fans running. Yet, here we have the US now dictating to Iraq to end its lifeline import of Iranian fuel in order to comply with the Trump administration’s sanctions against Tehran. Iraq is furious at the latest bullying interference by Washington in its sovereign affairs.

The hypocrisy of Washington and elitist politicians like Emmanuel Macron has become too much to stomach. Maybe Germany and others are finally realizing who the charlatans are.

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Russia is simultaneously building a mass censorship system similar to that seen in China.

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Russian authorities and major telecom operators are preparing to disconnect the country from the world wide web as part of an exercise to prepare for future cyber attacks, Russian news agency RosBiznesKonsalting (RBK) reported last week.

The purpose of the exercise is to develop a threat analysis and provide feedback to a proposed law introduced in the Russian Parliament last December.

The draft law, called the Digital Economy National Program, requires Russian internet service providers (ISP) to guarantee the independence of the Russian Internet (Runet) in the event of a foreign attack to sever the country’s internet from the world wide web.

Telecom operators (MegaFon, VimpelCom (Beeline brand), MTS, Rostelecom and others) will have to introduce the “technical means” to re-route all Russian internet traffic to exchange points approved by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor), Russia’s federal executive body responsible for censorship in media and telecommunications.

Roskomnazor will observe all internet traffic and make sure data between Russian users stays within the country’s borders, and is not re-routed abroad.

The exercise is expected to occur before April 1, as Russian authorities have not given exact dates.

The measures described in the law include Russia constructing its internet system, known as Domain Name System (DNS), so it can operate independently from the rest of the world.

Across the world, 12 companies oversee the root servers for DNS and none are located in Russia. However, there are copies of Russia’s core internet address book inside the country suggesting its internet could keep operating if the US cut it off.

Ultimately, the Russian government will require all domestic traffic to pass through government-controlled routing points. These hubs will filter traffic so that data sent between Russians internet users work seamlessly, but any data to foreign computers would be rejected.

Besides protecting its internet, Russia is simultaneously building a mass censorship system similar to that seen in China.

“What Russia wants to do is to bring those router points that handle data entering or exiting the country within its borders and under its control- so that it can then pull up the drawbridge, as it were, to external traffic if it’s under threat – or if it decides to censor what outside information people can access.

China’s firewall is probably the world’s best known censorship tool and it has become a sophisticated operation. It also polices its router points, using filters and blocks on keywords and certain websites and redirecting web traffic so that computers cannot connect to sites the state does not wish Chinese citizens to see,” said BBC.

The Russian government started preparations for creating its internet several years ago. Russian officials expect 95% of all internet traffic locally by next year.

As for Russia unplugging its internet from the rest of the world for an upcoming training exercise, well, this could potentially anger Washington because it is one less sanction that can keep Moscow contained.

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