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Foreign policy to stay unchanged – Putin

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Photo: RIA Novosti 

Vladimir Putin says his next presidency will not change the course of the country’s foreign policy. Emerging from a session of his Inner Cabinet in Moscow Wednesday, he also said he expected all government agencies to support foreign policy guidelines laid down by the presidency and the Foreign Ministry.

He argued that the nuclear disagreements with Iran must be resolved through international diplomacy, and the crisis in Syria, through a dialogue between the government and the opposition. Putin said he is yet to decide whether he will attend the next NATO summit in Chicago.

He also ruled out any talks between him and Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili. He described the Georgian leader as an international adventurist who organized the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia.

No discussion of Russia offering asylum to Assad

Russia is not considering offering political asylum to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Vladimir Putin said Wednesday in his first comments on the crisis since his election to a third term as president.

“We are not even discussing this question,” news agencies quoted Putin as telling Kremlin reporters.

Vote fraud too minor to affect results

Russian PM Vladimir Putin doesn’t exclude the possibility of some violation having taken place during the recent presidential vote in Russia.

However, he stressed the error margin didn’t exceed “one-hundredth of a percent.”

Protesters were handled properly

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Putin suggests cabinet post for tycoon Prokhorov

Russia’s incoming president Vladimir Putin on Wednesday suggested that billionaire tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov could work in the government after coming third in presidential elections.

“Mikhail Dmitriyevich (Prokhorov) is a serious man, a good businessman, and in principle he could be in demand in the government, if he should want this himself,” Putin said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

Sergei Ivanov to stay in office

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PM Vladimir Putin has been recently reelected as President of Russia for the third time.

Obama fails to congratulate Putin

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The date of the next US-Russia is also up in the air, the premier said.