Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has held the first major news conference of his third presidential term.
During the live, televised event, Putin said he would consider a ban on Americans being able to adopt Russian children, after Russian authorities were prevented from observing cases in the US where abuse against these children was alleged.
“The fact is, America has replaced one anti-Soviet, anti-Russian law - the Jackson-Vanick Amendment – with another, the Magnitsky Act. The US can’t do without something like this. They try so hard to live in the past. This is very bad. This, surely, poisons our relations. With regards to the adoption of our children by foreigners – as far as I know, the vast majority of Russians see it as a negative thing.”
Putin went on to discuss the situation in Syria.
They appeared to be his first direct comments on the possibility of a post-Assad government: “What is our position? ..first people need to agree on how they will live from now on, their participation in power sharing and how to provide their own security, and only then can existing status quo start to change. And not vice versa.”
Putin also answered questions about relations with Georgia.
He said there were positive signals with the new coalition government in the country, however he also stressed that Russia would not revoke its recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as indepenendent states.
Putin's speaks at first news conference in third term