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Russia: 'Impossible to send into retirement' - Putin on 'unsinkable' Mutko02:38

Russia: 'Impossible to send into retirement' - Putin on 'unsinkable' Mutko

Russian Federation, Moscow
June 7, 2018 at 15:36 GMT -00:00 · Published

Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "Our ships are already unsinkable, or are difficult to sink. First of all, this is the result of the work of the warship constructors and the crews’ skills. I hope it will stay like this in future and will be only getting better. As for Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko, indeed, there are a lot of different talks and rumors about him. I know that. However, I would like to point out that despite the fact his English needs some improvement, during all the years when he was taking the position of Minister of Sports and then of Deputy Prime Minister, he did a lot of work in this sphere. Look, for instance, at what was built in the sphere of sports. We should refer not to the emotional parts of his activities, but to facts." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "Yes, Dmitry Nikolayevich, please... Lada Kalina has already been taken out of production. New models appear. But it was a good vehicle... Please." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded achievements of Vitaly Mutko in the capacity of Russian Sports Minister while expressing hope that Mutko would cope with the tasks set for him in the new post. Putin spoke during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin acknowledged that Mukto's English "certainly needs improvement," noting that one should give him credit for his work rather than "the emotional side."

During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

This year’s phone-in line is being held in an updated format.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens.

So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin’s Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "Our ships are already unsinkable, or are difficult to sink. First of all, this is the result of the work of the warship constructors and the crews’ skills. I hope it will stay like this in future and will be only getting better. As for Vitaly Leontiyevich Mutko, indeed, there are a lot of different talks and rumors about him. I know that. However, I would like to point out that despite the fact his English needs some improvement, during all the years when he was taking the position of Minister of Sports and then of Deputy Prime Minister, he did a lot of work in this sphere. Look, for instance, at what was built in the sphere of sports. We should refer not to the emotional parts of his activities, but to facts." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): "Yes, Dmitry Nikolayevich, please... Lada Kalina has already been taken out of production. New models appear. But it was a good vehicle... Please." *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*

Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded achievements of Vitaly Mutko in the capacity of Russian Sports Minister while expressing hope that Mutko would cope with the tasks set for him in the new post. Putin spoke during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin acknowledged that Mukto's English "certainly needs improvement," noting that one should give him credit for his work rather than "the emotional side."

During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website.

This year’s phone-in line is being held in an updated format.

The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away.

Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens.

So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin’s Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.

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