Interesting graphic on Twitter by Roman Yuhnovets. Shows the Russian TV channels broadcasting the Putin presser. Note the breakdown between the thumbs up and thumbs down clicked by those engaging.
Journalist asks whether Putin is preparing a meeting with U.S. President Trump. Putin says he hopes the bottom has been reached in U.S.-Russian relations but says he doesn't know when or if there will be a summit. Says Russia is open to one. Says relations on the "expert level" are proceeding ahead. Says trade is falling between the two countries and says that "working with Russia" could be an important part of "making America great again." Notes that the Democrats will soon take power in the House of Representatives and predicts there will "be new attacks on the president." Says democratic values are being undermined in the West -- claims some people don't want to recognize Trump even though he was elected, again raises issue of those calling for a second referendum on Brexit. Urges Western experts to discuss this.
A journalist from Ryazan asks Putin to support "deceived mortgage holders" who took out mortgages for apartments that were never built. Says her husband was murdered because of her work on this topic. Discusses the problem in St. Petersburg, although it is a national issue. Says her appeal is "not a question but a cry for help." Putin says he will "definitely give some attention" to the case of her husband's murder. Putin admits the mortgage problem is very serious and that the country needs to move to a "civilized" way of building housing. Says the government needs to help people who have been deceived.
We have been "working," to use Peskov's word, for over three hours now.
A journalist from The Wall Street Journal says many in the West think Putin wants to rule the world and asks if this is really true. Putin says there is a force that wants to rule the world, but it isn't in Moscow. Compares U.S. military budget to Russia's. Says the U.S. is creating Russia as an enemy to gather NATO countries around the U.S. Putin says Russia's main goal is to secure the conditions for the country's development. Russia, he says, is in favor of strengthening international law on the basis of the United Nations.
Peskov warns journalists to be brief and says "we've been working nearly three hours."
A journalist from Turkey asks what Putin's view of Kemal Ataturk is. Putin says he was definitely a major figure in Turkish history and did much for the establishment of an independent Turkish state and was a good friend of Russia. Putin adds that he is satisfied with how Turkish-Russian relations are developing.
A Russian journalist who lives in Daghestan asks Putin about the failure of media to reflect Russia's "multicultural" society -- says she sees only Slavic faces on TV. Putin says he has not noticed this and the journalists says, "I guess that means I only imagined it."
Putin says Vagner private security company has right to work anywhere in the world as long as they don't break Russian law
Journalist from znak.com asks about numerous reports from around the country about torture in Russian prisons, most of which were uncovered by independent media and human rights activists. Asks what must be done and who will be held responsible. Putin says the situation in prisons must be kept under strict control by the Prosecutor-General's Office and the current situation is unacceptable. Says people are being held responsible as cases are uncovered. Says more must be done to increase public (civic) control over the prisons.