Putin's News Conference Part 2 - Adoptions, agriculture and Gerard Depardiue
This transcript is provided by the Presidential Press Office
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OF THE PRESIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SECRETARY DMITRY PESKOV: Mr President, we could start with questions and answers, if you don’t mind.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Mr Peskov will help us to warm up at the start. To find our bearings, and then we will move on to direct communication.
DMITRY PESKOV: I know someone of you by name, but not all of you, so please introduce yourselves, state your city and media outlet.
Go ahead, please.
QUESTION: Ksenia Sokolova, Snob magazine.
Putin's News Conference verbatim - Part 1
THE news conference took place at the World Trade Centre on Krasnopresnenskaya Embankment on 20/12/2012
This transcript is provided by the Presidential Press Office. Part 1 is President Putin's opening remarks
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN:Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen,
I am very pleased that the media has shown such interest in today’s event. Greetings to all of you. I know that there are many journalists from the Russian regions here. I will try to answer your questions as far as possible and tell you my perception of the outgoing year’s results. (Can everyone hear me all right?) As usual, I will begin by citing some figures. They are widely known but I have the most recent data, so I think that you will find it interesting.
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