At the Russian Energy Week forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave an interview to Headley Gamble, an American TV channel host, CNBC. She actually repeated the questions asked by NBC journalist Kir Simmons in June.
Headley Gamble asked Putin if he really wants to be president until he is 84. Interview transcript published on the Kremlin website.
Putin once again declined to answer, saying that talking on this topic would destabilize the situation.
“No, I prefer not to answer such questions, this is my traditional answer. There is still a lot of time before the next elections. Conversations on this topic are destabilizing the situation. The situation must be calm, stable, so that all government bodies, all state structures work confidently, calmly look into the future, “Putin said.
Also the host of CNBC asked about Alexei Navalny. Before that, Putin answered a question about improving the quality of life of citizens.
“As for Mr. Navalny, are you ready to raise his standard of living?” Gamble asked. To which Putin, without mentioning the name of the oppositionist, replied that “the citizen is in places of imprisonment.”
The journalist noted that these are not the best conditions for life.
“Not the best conditions, but he’s not the only one. In addition to him, there are other people who also violated Russian laws, and we are not going to put anyone in any exclusive conditions, including those who hide behind political activities. Here you go, I think this is enough to answer your question, ”Putin said.
Gamble moderated the Russian Energy Week meeting, which Putin took part in prior to the interview.
The presenter asked how Russia can make Europe believe in its reliability as an energy partner if it does not fulfill its gas obligations.
“A beautiful woman, pretty. I tell her one thing, and she tells me something completely different. It was as if I hadn’t heard what I said, “Putin replied, adding that Russia has increased gas supplies, and Gamble and” everyone who feeds on information from such sources “are misleading.
In June, Vladimir Putin gave an interview to the American television channel NBC News ahead of a meeting with American leader Joe Biden in Geneva. NBC News journalist Keir Simmons meets with Putin in Moscow.
Answering the question about amendments to the Constitution and “zeroing” of presidential terms, Putin said that “someday” in his place “will definitely come another person.”
“If I see that a person, even if he is critical of some areas of my activity, but I see that this is a person with constructive views, a person is devoted to the country, ready to put on the altar of the Fatherland not just years, but all of his life, no matter how he treats me personally, I will do everything for such people to be supported, ”the president said.
In July 2020, Russia adopted amendments to the Constitution, including those on the nullification of the presidential terms of Vladimir Putin. Later, the State Duma passed a law allowing Putin to run for two more terms.
During an interview, NBC journalist Keir Simmons asked Putin if he could promise that Navalny would “leave prison safe and sound.”
Putin began to talk about places of detention in Russia, without mentioning the name of the politician, and the journalist stressed that the person they are talking about is called Alexei Navalny.
Vladimir Putin: Listen, in our country it is not the president who makes such decisions; such decisions are made by the court – to release, not to release. <...> I was once in St. Petersburg, I was deeply impressed by the medical services of places of deprivation of liberty. But during this time, I hope, something has been done to improve the situation. I proceed from the fact that the same methods will be applied to the person you mentioned, no worse, this can be said for sure, than to all other persons in prison.
Simmons: His name is Alexei Navalny. People will notice that you weren’t ready to say …
Vladimir Putin: Oh, I don’t… I… I don’t care.
Simmons: … that he gets out of prison alive.
Moreover, how noticed journalists, in the transcript on the Kremlin’s website the phrase “I don’t care” is missing.