Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, July 8, in Hamburg held a press-conference on which, in particular, touched upon the situation in Syria and Russian-Ukrainian relations.
Speaking about Ukraine, Putin said that the current leadership of this country sells Russophobia and the politics of division with Russia, repulsion peoples, as «someone like that in the West», someone believes that it is impossible to prevent the rapprochement between the two countries on any grounds. However, he noted that the interests of two Nations coincide, an exception may be only the position of the current leadership of Ukraine and some political circles in Kiev, reports RIA Novosti.
According to Putin, Russia and Ukraine are interested in cooperation.
«Interested in how to combine their competitive advantages, develop your economy, simply because many things we inherited from the Soviet times. Referring to the cooperation and common infrastructure, in fact, a single energy, transport and so on,» – said the President of Russia.
Putin also commented on the statement by U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has no future in the political life of the country, «Mr. Tillerson is an honorable man, a decorated Russian, his Order of Friendship, we respect him, but he’s still not a Syrian citizen. And the future of Syria and the future of President Assad as a political figure should be determined by the Syrian people.»
Putin noted that the U.S. position on Syria has become more pragmatic, there is an understanding that by joining efforts, much can be accomplished.
«As a result of yesterday’s agreement on the South area of de-escalation. Who would like it no responded, I can tell you that this is one of the breakthroughs that we have been able to do, by the way, in the course of working with President trump,» — said the Russian leader.