Since the beginning of 2022, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has spent a total of more than six and a half hours in communication with the press and answered 107 questions from journalists. TASS news agency has collected the most interesting of Putin’s statements for the media since the beginning of the year.
As specified, of all 107 questions, 44 in one way or another related to Ukraine and a special military operation, including mobilization, 23 — relations with Western countries, 10 — the energy sector, including oil and gas supplies.
The most popular and memorable answers of Putin
"Good implies the ability to protect yourself. We will proceed from this." February 22, the Kremlin (about whether it is possible to solve issues by force and stay on the side of good).
"You can't trust anyone. Only I can be trusted." December 9, Bishkek (quotation from the Soviet movie, in response to a question about the mobilized supply).
"We have such rude jokes: today I stepped in something, then into something other. It's their business." June 29, Ashgabat (about Sweden and Finland joining NATO; the joke is based on Russian pan of words to join = to step into (shit, for example).
"They always miscalculate, not realizing that in difficult conditions the Russian people, the Russians always unite. They will see it, and they themselves will have problems." April 12, Vostochny Cosmodrome (about the West's attempts to destabilize the Russian Federation).
"I do not know how they wanted to undress — to the waist or below the waist. I think it would be a disgusting view anyway." June 29, Ashgabat (about the idea of the G7 leaders to take off their jackets and take a picture "cooler than Putin" with a bare torso.
When asked whether Putin regrets anything in the context of recent events, the Head of state replied, “No.” He explained that what is happening today is “unpleasant, to put it mildly.”
“But we would have received the same thing a little later, only in the worst conditions for us. That’s all. So we are acting correctly and in a timely manner,” the President is convinced.