Kremlin press secretary reveals reasons for Putin’s rare Russian media interviews

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov


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MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin rarely gives interviews to the Russian media because of his extremely tight schedule, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said when asked why Putin’s first-hand comments can often be found in the foreign press.

“Firstly, he doesn’t have much time. Secondly, he appears in person very often and is accessible to the media practically on a daily basis, because every day he speaks to some audiences where journalists are present, he takes part in panel discussion, holds meetings and negotiations, and you can see and read about this in the press,” Peskov noted.

This compensates for his scarcity of interviews, Peskov told a media forum organized by the Kommersant Publishing House.

He also mentioned that foreign journalists have been receiving even fewer opportunities recently to speak to the Russian leader in a one-on-one format. “We understand nowadays that it is pointless to give interviews even to the foreign media, I mean the Anglo-Saxon media, it is useless to explain anything to them. They don’t understand,” the spokesman went on to say.

Commenting on Putin’s once saying half-jokingly that Peskov “talked nonsense” now and then, he noted that it was the journalist’s job to separate the wheat from the chaff.

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