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" Crimea was not a non-nuclear zone in an international law sense but was part of Ukraine, a state which doesn't possess nuclear arms. "
" Conversations with my counterparts in Europe have made clear that many of them recognize NATO's limitations and understand the need for reform. "
" When Colonel Gadhafi started using his air force against civilians on the ground, we did not hesitate. Then we supported the resolution of the Security Council, which introduced arms embargo for Libya. "
" We have been getting out of the situation where we found ourselves in the early '90s, when the Soviet Union disappeared and the Russian Federation became what it is - you know, with no borders, with no budget, no money, and with huge problems starting with lack of food and so on and so forth. "
" The Americans have taken the course of confrontation and do not assess their own steps critically at all. "
" People versed in politics need not be told that the devil is in the detail, and tough solutions implying the use of force cannot produce a lasting long-term settlement. "
" We have been protecting the lives of the Russian peacekeepers who had been attacked by their Georgian comrades, because there was a joint peacekeeping force. "
" We have absolutely no intention of, or interest in, crossing Ukraine's borders. "
" I wouldn't even go into the history of the last days of the Soviet Union, the withdrawal from Europe, and what promises were given at that time, because those were oral promises, and our leaders of that time strongly believe that, like in ancient Russia, a word given is better than any treaty. "
" We feel no isolation. But, having said that, I want to emphasise in particular that we do not want to go to extremes and abandon the European and American directions in our foreign economic cooperation. "
" Russia probably knows the true cost of revolutions better than most other countries. "
" In the spirit of commitment to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, we will strive to achieve real progress in disarmament and arms control. "
" We have no desire to continue a sanctions war, trading blows. "
" Do not form your judgment about our military doctrine from the assessments given by NATO representatives. "
" Syria is a multi-confessional state: in addition to Sunni and Shia Muslims, there are Alawites, Orthodox and other Christian confessions, Druzes, and Kurds. "
" Even the state TV channels are not monolithic in their pro-government line, and the views they express are quite pluralistic. "
" You cannot defeat Islamic State with airstrikes only. It's necessary to cooperate with ground troops, and the Syrian army is the most efficient and powerful ground force to fight the Islamic State. "
" Regarding the visa-free regime, it has undoubtedly become a problem for the European Union, above all in terms of its capacity to reach agreements. "
" The international community unfortunately did take sides in Libya, and we would never allow the Security Council to authorise anything similar to what happened in Libya. "
" Russia has done more than any other country to support the independent Ukrainian state, including for many years subsidising its economy through low energy prices. "
" I don't think you can perpetrate war crimes with defensive weapons, with air defense systems. "
" Attempts to put pressure on Russia and to compel it to abandon its values, truth and justice have no prospects whatsoever. "
" The attempts to distort the truth and to hide the facts behind blanket accusations have been undertaken at all stages of the Ukrainian crisis. "
" The U.S.-led western alliance, while acting as an advocate of democracy, rule of law and human rights, is acting from the opposite position, rejecting the democratic principle of the sovereign right of states enshrined in the U.N. Charter and trying to decide for others what is good and what is bad. "
" With regards to the expansion of NATO, I see it as a mistake, even a provocation in a way. "
" Russia and the U.S. bear a special responsibility in world affairs. We have much to offer the rest of the world. Our common history testifies to this, and modern challenges demand that we work together. "
" Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests. "
" The E.U.'s Eastern Partnership programme is designed to bind the so-called focus states tightly to itself, shutting down the possibility of co-operation with Russia. "
" I know that Britain and the United States and others ship arms in the Middle East, 10 or maybe 100 times more than the Russian does. "
" We are certain that Ukraine needs profound constitutional reform. In all fairness, we can't see any other way to ensure the stable development of Ukraine but to sign a federal agreement. "
" NATO has a special relationship with countries far away from Europe: Australia, Japan, South Korea. They have joint projects and programmes which are being implemented without these countries becoming members of NATO. "