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Russia: Presidential candidate Zhirinovsky announces election programme02:05

Russia: Presidential candidate Zhirinovsky announces election programme

Russian Federation, Moscow
January 30, 2018 at 15:54 GMT -00:00 · Published

Russian presidential candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky outlined the key points of his election programme, in Moscow on Tuesday.

"Foreign policy should serve to protect national interests," he said, adding that "there is only one way, to knock out the trump cards from the West."

He also gave his opinion on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to bar some of Russia’s best athletes from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"We would never allow our sports people or artists to not be able to take part in international contests or competitions. It is not permissible. Here, as well as in the case of economic sanctions, strict measures should be taken, such as diplomatic actions to recall ambassadors and break diplomatic relations," the candidate said.

The presidential election will take place on March 18. The final list of candidates should be formed by the Russian Central Elections Committee by February 10.

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Russian presidential candidate for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) Vladimir Zhirinovsky outlined the key points of his election programme, in Moscow on Tuesday.

"Foreign policy should serve to protect national interests," he said, adding that "there is only one way, to knock out the trump cards from the West."

He also gave his opinion on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision to bar some of Russia’s best athletes from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

"We would never allow our sports people or artists to not be able to take part in international contests or competitions. It is not permissible. Here, as well as in the case of economic sanctions, strict measures should be taken, such as diplomatic actions to recall ambassadors and break diplomatic relations," the candidate said.

The presidential election will take place on March 18. The final list of candidates should be formed by the Russian Central Elections Committee by February 10.

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