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MOSCOW, January 20. /ITAR-TASS World Service/. Russian newspapers quote and comment on the full version of the interview Vladimir Putin gave to BBC, ABC News, CCTV, Rossiya-1, Fist Channel and the Around the Rings news agency.
The president, inter alia, explained in full detail why he had been changing the format of communication with the government, Nezavisimaya Gazeta writes. Thus, the president not only demonstrated the intention to insist fulfillment of his May decrees, but also presented a clear picture of his future election campaign: most likely, it will be based on Putin’s report on achieving the announced goals.
Vladimir Putin explained reasons of his decision on contacts with the government. “Nothing here is connected with the upcoming Olympic Games. The reason is in fulfillment of our plans, announced in the election campaign. We have agreed with the prime minister that we shall focus on certain directions, which I believe to be most important. Quite often, reaching a goal may be possible at or from the presidential level.”
The president confirms often — since the country lacks natural mechanism to implement his decrees, he has to use extreme measures, the newspaper reports. Here, Putin even does not forecast how long a regime of the kind may last. The president has proved once again that he is a true pragmatist. The key point is not that much in the government, as in further centralization of the power in the country, the newspaper says.
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