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Russia: Ankara cooperating with radical groups, not fighting them - Putin04:32

Russia: Ankara cooperating with radical groups, not fighting them - Putin

Russian Federation, Moscow
April 14, 2016 at 12:07 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Russian government believes the "Turkish leadership is cooperating with radical groups instead of fighting them," President Vladimir Putin said during the 14th annual ‘Direct Line’ Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday. Commenting on the issue of security for Russian visitors to Turkey, Putin added that "there is a civil war in the south of the country. The international community seems to ignore it, but it is a fact. Moreover, heavy armaments are used there - tanks, artillery and so on."

The Russian president stressed, however, that “we have very good relations with our neighbours" including "with Turkey." Putin went on to say that Turkey "is our friend, and [that] the Turkish people are a very friendly people with whom we are definitely going to build good and neighbourly relations."

Nevertheless, "we have problems with certain political leaders whose behaviour we think is inadequate; and we will react to this appropriately," the Russian president said. "Certainly it is necessary to respond; otherwise they will just hop on our backs and drive," he added.

Afterwards Putin answered a question posed by a 12-year-old girl named Varya, who asked the president who she would save first if they were drowning - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Putin answered that "if someone is determined to drown themselves, you cannot save them" but stressed that "of course we are ready to extend a hand of support and a hand of friendship to any of our partners."

Putin is taking questions from Russian citizens from across the country. Those wishing to ask Putin a question have the opportunity to contact the president via Facebook and local social media networks, as well as by SMS and telephone.

Putin's ‘Direct Line’ has become a well-established tradition throughout the years of his presidency. The event generally focuses on domestic affairs, with Putin reporting on the government’s achievements while identifying existing issues. Putin’s answers also touch upon international issues affecting Russia.

The 13th edition of the event in 2015 lasted for three hours and 57 minutes, with the Russian president answering a record 74 questions out of the more than three million received.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received some 400,000 questions.

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The Russian government believes the "Turkish leadership is cooperating with radical groups instead of fighting them," President Vladimir Putin said during the 14th annual ‘Direct Line’ Q&A session in Moscow on Thursday. Commenting on the issue of security for Russian visitors to Turkey, Putin added that "there is a civil war in the south of the country. The international community seems to ignore it, but it is a fact. Moreover, heavy armaments are used there - tanks, artillery and so on."

The Russian president stressed, however, that “we have very good relations with our neighbours" including "with Turkey." Putin went on to say that Turkey "is our friend, and [that] the Turkish people are a very friendly people with whom we are definitely going to build good and neighbourly relations."

Nevertheless, "we have problems with certain political leaders whose behaviour we think is inadequate; and we will react to this appropriately," the Russian president said. "Certainly it is necessary to respond; otherwise they will just hop on our backs and drive," he added.

Afterwards Putin answered a question posed by a 12-year-old girl named Varya, who asked the president who she would save first if they were drowning - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Putin answered that "if someone is determined to drown themselves, you cannot save them" but stressed that "of course we are ready to extend a hand of support and a hand of friendship to any of our partners."

Putin is taking questions from Russian citizens from across the country. Those wishing to ask Putin a question have the opportunity to contact the president via Facebook and local social media networks, as well as by SMS and telephone.

Putin's ‘Direct Line’ has become a well-established tradition throughout the years of his presidency. The event generally focuses on domestic affairs, with Putin reporting on the government’s achievements while identifying existing issues. Putin’s answers also touch upon international issues affecting Russia.

The 13th edition of the event in 2015 lasted for three hours and 57 minutes, with the Russian president answering a record 74 questions out of the more than three million received.

The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received some 400,000 questions.

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