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Putin says ready to meet with Western leaders with view to result

November 23, 2014, 13:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Russian president said he does not feel discomfort from a cooling in relations with the West
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MOSCOW, November 23. /TASS/. Russia will conduct dialogue with other countries with a view to the result and its own national interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview for the TASS special project Top Officials.

“You know, if we want just to clap each other on the shoulder, call each other friends, pay visits and go to G8 summits but the only value of informal communication is the permission to sit near, with no account for our interests and no attention to Russia’s position in solving these or those key issues, then what is this for?” Putin said.

“I became the president of Russia not to satisfy personal ambitions. I do not need this if Russia’s interests are neglected. Therefore, we will not pay visits to each other and will meet at these or other venues and in a business-like atmosphere,” he said.

“But we need to principally but openly and even we can say like partners, if not friends discuss all problems and search for solutions. I hope this will be like this in the practical work,” Putin said.

The Russian president said he does not feel discomfort from a cooling in relations with the West.

“No, I do not feel anything. What discomfort should I have? I need the result,” he said.

“I am well aware that the leaders of both Western and developing countries are people who have gone through an ordeal of inter-political fight and through a process of making up of a personality. All of them are distinguished figures in international politics. They defend the national interests like I am trying to do the same for the sake of this country,” Putin said.

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