The President of Russia Vladimir Putin during a press conference asked to give a microphone to a journalist from Ukraine, who gave the Russian President a greeting from the captain Erofeev and Sergeant Alexandrov assertions from Putin that in Ukraine there are no Russian troops.
This Putin said that «in the Donbass there are the people deciding some issues in the military sphere, but not regular Russian troops».
Commenting on the exchange of Russian troops on Ukrainian prisoners, the Russian President said that «it is necessary to change all for all» and talked about «equivalent exchange». While Putin did not specify whether the Russian military personnel on exchange of Savchenko and Sentsov are equal.
With regard to the Minsk agreements, Putin stated that from January 1, 2016 Ukraine will be deprived of preferences in trade. Putin stressed that Russia does not intend to introduce against Ukraine sanctions, but goes to «a more favorable trade regime».
In particular, if used in the trade between Russia and Ukraine zero tariffs since January 1, the average tariff is 6%. Meanwhile, Putin has relentlessly emphasized that it was not Russia and that Moscow «struggled to avoid this».