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Russia: Putin talks Navalny case, Karabakh and impact of epidemic at Valdai Discussion Club 09:49

Russia: Putin talks Navalny case, Karabakh and impact of epidemic at Valdai Discussion Club

Russian Federation, Moscow
October 22, 2020 at 22:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of topics during the annual Valdai Discussion Club via video in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin said that he asked the Prosecutor General's office to allow Russian Opposition leader Alexey Navalny to leave Russia for treatment after his alleged poisoning, despite travel restrictions imposed on him due to criminal cases.

“If the man you are talking about (Navalny), indeed, the authorities, in any case, wanted to poison him, it is unlikely that they would send him to Germany for treatment. Isn't it?” the Russian leader said.

Putin added that European countries refused to provide any materials regarding the “poisoning,” pointing out that the International Organization on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told Russia that "It is not Novichok. It is something else."

Answering a question on the ongoing clashes between in Nagorno-Karabakh, Putin pointed out that Moscow has equal relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, adding that no one is interested as much as Russia to settle the situation in the region.

The Russian President discussed the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the world, noting that “present and future of humanity” were affected.

Putin went on to say that the world should have done more to deal with the ongoing outbreak as sanctions affected the economies of countries who suffered from the epidemic.

“Now I do not mean at all the sanctions against Russia. God be with them! We can handle this. There are many other countries that have suffered and are still suffering from coronavirus infection and need not even the help that can come from outside, but simply lifting restrictions,” Putin added.

The Russian leader said that minimum credit resources for medicine should have been provided for several countries.

“Due to political concerns, they will publicly keep saying: 'No, it is necessary to preserve some restrictions against Iran, Venezuela, against, I don’t know, Assad.' What does Assad have to do with this, if civilians are suffering? Just provide them with medical supplies, provide them with technologies and minimum credit resources for medicine specifically," Putin said.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed a wide range of topics during the annual Valdai Discussion Club via video in Moscow on Thursday.

Putin said that he asked the Prosecutor General's office to allow Russian Opposition leader Alexey Navalny to leave Russia for treatment after his alleged poisoning, despite travel restrictions imposed on him due to criminal cases.

“If the man you are talking about (Navalny), indeed, the authorities, in any case, wanted to poison him, it is unlikely that they would send him to Germany for treatment. Isn't it?” the Russian leader said.

Putin added that European countries refused to provide any materials regarding the “poisoning,” pointing out that the International Organization on Prohibition of Chemical Weapons told Russia that "It is not Novichok. It is something else."

Answering a question on the ongoing clashes between in Nagorno-Karabakh, Putin pointed out that Moscow has equal relations with both Armenia and Azerbaijan, adding that no one is interested as much as Russia to settle the situation in the region.

The Russian President discussed the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the world, noting that “present and future of humanity” were affected.

Putin went on to say that the world should have done more to deal with the ongoing outbreak as sanctions affected the economies of countries who suffered from the epidemic.

“Now I do not mean at all the sanctions against Russia. God be with them! We can handle this. There are many other countries that have suffered and are still suffering from coronavirus infection and need not even the help that can come from outside, but simply lifting restrictions,” Putin added.

The Russian leader said that minimum credit resources for medicine should have been provided for several countries.

“Due to political concerns, they will publicly keep saying: 'No, it is necessary to preserve some restrictions against Iran, Venezuela, against, I don’t know, Assad.' What does Assad have to do with this, if civilians are suffering? Just provide them with medical supplies, provide them with technologies and minimum credit resources for medicine specifically," Putin said.

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