President Vladimir Putin addressed the full session of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) at the Federal University of the Middle East. During the forum, Putin answered a few questions about domestic and foreign policy.
According to Putin, he will “regret” allowing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to visit the State Duma.
“They do well in their jobs,” Putin said. It is really being implemented through the efforts of these people. ”
Shoigu and Lavrov are first and second on the United Russia party list, respectively. “It’s up to them to choose what they want,” Putin said when asked when the final decision on ministers would be made.
Putin did not answer questions about his future plans. In particular, the forum moderator wondered if Putin was going to attend the APEC summit, to be held in November 2024 – after the next Russian presidential election.
One needs to live by 2024. One needs to work instead of thinking about the big international events that are about to take place. [in a few years]”Putin,” he said.
Vladimir Putin called the events in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops a “catastrophe.”
“These are not my words. These are the words that come out of the mouths of American analysts. This is a disaster, because Americans – they are very practical people – have spent a trillion dollars on this whole campaign, and what is it?” The result? And if you look at the number of people left in Afghanistan who worked for the West, the United States and its allies, it’s a humanitarian catastrophe.
At the same time, Putin said that countries in the region should join forces to resolve the issue. Legitimizing political forces in Afghanistan, while what is happening in real life. Putin noted that this is necessary to fight terrorism effectively, to fight drugs and the spread of crime.
Putin wants Russia to host the 2036 Olympic Games.
It is too early to talk about the possibility of Russia hosting the 2036 Summer Olympics in Vladivostok, the president said, because “everything needs to be accounted for”. However, he did not rule out the possibility:
“We do not rule out the possibility of hosting the Olympic Games in the Russian Federation, and the Far East, the city of Vladivostok, is one of the possible locations,” the president said.
Vladivostok Mayor Konstantin Shestakov has announced that Vladivostok will bid for the title of host city for the 2036 Olympic Games.