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Putin says it would be wrong to impose quotas on distribution of foreign films

November 18, 2014, 21:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW

It would be unwise to turn down what is profitable, Putin said

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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, November 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he doesn't think it's right to impose any quotas on the distributions of foreign films in Russia, including American films.

An initiative to this effect was voiced by Russian film director Yuri Kara at a forum of the All-Russia Popular Front on Tuesday.

“It would be wrong to pinch our consumers in those goods people would like to have. It is applicable to the motion picture industry too. It would be unwise to turn down what is profitable,” Putin said, adding that “the Americans are talented and successful people and there is a lot we can learn from them.”

“Europe uses an instrument of imposing restrictions on the distribution of foreign films, the French do it, other countries do it in a bid to protect their film makers,” he said. “In this sense, our film makers differ little from other types of manufacturers from the economic point of view.”

“So, let us think together whether we shall limit to 25, 50, 70, whatever, percent. But let us not forget about the consumer, about our citizens - what they want to have and what they don’t,” he said. “It seems to be not right to impose anything on people. It is a delicate question and we are ready for discussion.”

At the same time, he said it would be likewise wrong to buy cheap Western productions for Russia’s major television channels.

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