tv G20 Summit Closing News Conference with Russian President Putin CSPAN July 8, 2017 4:14pm-4:36pm EDT
it can only be to the benefit of all if there is a good and open dialogue between russia and the united states of america. thank you very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> among the other world leaders holding a closing news conference, vladmir putin denied russian involvement in the u.s. elections, thank you things president trump was satisfied with his answers. this starts with the question on russians relations with the ukraine. russia andhink that the ukraine will continue to drift apart? ofyou look at the background the special representative who's
been nominated, what do you think of that? the interest of russia and ukrainian peoples, i'm absolutely convinced of that. our interests fully coincide. perhaps today's leadership of ukraine doesn't converge with hours, and certain ruling circles. if you look at the sewage that and ukraineussia are interested in cooperation. economy.p the if only because there is a huge legacy from soviet times. cooperation, unified infrastructure, energy system, transport system.
unfortunately our present ukrainian colleagues look to step aside from that. there's one commodity that is really successful at the moment that is -- moment. that is russiaphobia. they are trading in dividing russia from the ukraine. some people seem to like that in the west. converginger that russia and the ukraine should never happen. isould just say that it active and unsuccessful trade in the commodity oppressive phobia at the moment -- russia phobia at the moment. we have to concentrate on making sure the situation comes to a halt as soon as possible. we did talk about that with president trump.
he talked about measures in hand, the nomination of a special representative in contact with russia with the ukraine, with everybody, all the vested interests. putting an end to it. i have a question on the -- >> i have a question on the middle east. which is in turmoil at the moment. qatar. about syria and presumably you had in the g 20 ,iscussions about syria and after these discussions, how do you see political settlement? do you think a more constructive issue will be adopted?
and on qatar, how do you assess the situation? if you will -- the don't always get opportunity to ask you a lot a questions. it was difficult for you to come to -- what were the ontradictions about? >> i don't see that at all. i don't think anybody has objections. maybe there was a problem about speaking. the text was agreed. we didn't have any friction or disagreement about it. know, everybody realizes this is a common threat
and we have to combat it. concerned,atar is the question was not raised. it is a rather acute one for the region, with regard to the economy and the energy sector. but this question was not discussed through the discussions of the g 20. the situation in syria, whether or not the u.s. situation -- position has changed. i don't know. i think it has become more pragmatic. i don't think it has really changed, but there is an understanding that by pooling our resources, we did have the discussion, the agreement on the southern zone yesterday.
the de-escalation area. i think that this is one of the roles which we obtained. a real results of work with president trump. jordan and a couple of other countries in the region were locked into that process. israel, too. results.his is a real so, if we think about other de-escalation, we talk in detail about this business of turkey, to some extent it doesn't really center around us. it depends on the clashes between other countries in the region. everyone has their own concerns, their own interests.
legitimate interests, as well. we have to see them as legitimate interests and have to look for compromise. sometimes we manage it. we have actually put an end to active combat. the fact that we have de-escalation areas already is a step forward. now we have to agree with the , whates of the region kind of security arrangement will be in place. this is very painstaking and at first glance, boring. but important work. goodwill of the assad, ikey, president
think we can achieve a lot. theonfirmed that in document on the formation of a de-escalation area, on the -- zone, sound, integrity for syria. areao make sure that this can work with others around them and with the official government in syria. if we manage that it will be a good basic premise for settling by political means the syrian crisis. >> you have talked about
intervention and elections. ,here are the german elections in september. there are elections. his russia planning to intervene? did you tell angela merkel about that? >> this is a provocative question. we didn't intervene in the u.s.. why should we intervene in anyone else's business? germany is good neighbors. one of our major trading partners in the world. agenda majorr projects, which we are supporting. the northern stream. there were no problems or disputes about it. there were contradictions.
in the interests of the economy of europe and germany. we -- we have enough to do out there. press,look at the german the european press says they are constantly intervening in our domestic business. >> thank you very much mr. president. i would like to ask you a question. with mr. meeting trump. you have been asked about that. how he feltsk him
it went. >> we haven't got any information about this. >> good news. we are going to punish them very severely. russia had notd intervened, what did he say? >> he asked questions. he was interested in a number of details. detail.ed him in i understand there was a dialogue with the previous u.s. administration with president obama, but i'm not going to review details of my conversation with obama. that is not part of presidential protocol. be incorrect of may.
-- incorrect of may. he asked me questions, i clarified, i think he was satisfied with my answers. >> going back to economic growth. >> let me explain. you probably know a number of [inaudible] are organized. there is the chief officer group in the business community. ,here's another working group who has pulled together a lot of
authoritative experts. we have come up with a plan which would be acceptable. going to take the next steps for 2017. we have to look at all of the proposals, ss them and make wets -- assess them, and will come up with something not based on these proposals. maybe it will be based on them. work on it. we have to explore those possibilities. and, obviously, the government has already done a lot of work in this area. theill be relying a lot on government proposal.
we cannot disregard the work done. they have come up with individual proposals. we are now working on what will be the final idea. the final options. just -- we would be doing wrong 20's up a the final outcome. it would be premature to publicize things yet. is on domestic policy, i know that you are -- are you going to inaugurate and drive it? actuallyt want to drive the car? >> no, i didn't.
the car isn't ready. drive first, tell me how it is, then i will join you. may be the final question. >> you have already talked about your meeting with -- could you clarify whether the northern area is concerned? did you talk about the efrin area and the kurds? and the russian center? the turkish media are talking invasion by the turkish army there. think about the statements made that president
assad has no political future? a mr. tillerson is respectable individual, friendly to russia, but he is not a syrian citizen. futureure of syria, the ssad,sawed, -- of a this is a tricky question. you've got many different aspects. we are in contact. say first of all, i would are safecan colleagues driving their activity. they have done more work with
them. who areour servicemen in control of monetary regime. the cease-fire arraignments are in place. as far as the other region, the concerns, i really don't know. they are really carrying out things everyone is interested in. we don't think they are preparing for some kind of combat. believe a preliminary work on areasng the de-escalation , will be materialize. it can't be done without the
help of turkey. >> amongst the president trump said, he said that the u.s. would be interested in exporting gas to europe. how do you assess that? >> i see that is a very positive. it would help competition. it will help everybody. we are for an open competitive market. the president said he was for open and honest competition. and, i fully support it. certainly, it suits us.
if there is open and honest competition, and it is not politicized, orchestrated, playing with political ploys, production cost of and delivery of liquefied gas from the u.s. to russia is much our liquefied gas and is not comparable with russian natural gas. have a no doubt that we competitive edge here. but the market must work, it must be competitive. let's have the concluding question. >> after your first meeting with trump, do you believe he will
this difficult position of american relations? much --nk -- i am very i very much hope so. >> c-span's washington journal live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up, the brookings institute, discussing president trump's meeting with vladimir putin. dr. sally sentelle talks about efforts to combat the opioid crisis. willhether the senate
replace the affordable care act. join the discussion. >> before heading to the g 20 summit, french president and menu macron delivered his first major speech at a joint session of the french parliament. panelists provided analysis. >> thank you. >> you have the floor. >> distinguished president of congress, the senate, mr. prime minister, ladies and gentlemen, members of the government, distinguished members of the national assembly, distinguished