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" You know that we are not in the regime-change game. We are against interference in domestic conflicts. "
" 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. "
" 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 believe that this is not right for a democracy to make revolutions the beacon of promoting democracy. "
" 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 jihadists come from many European countries, Russia included, and some even from the United States; hundreds of them - if you take Europe, Russia and the U.S. - are fighting in the ranks of extremist groups. "
" I don't believe in ideology in international relations. "
" Washington has openly declared its right to unilateral use of force anywhere to uphold its own interests. "
" Russia and the U.S. have unique experience in ensuring the safety and security of nuclear material. "
" Frankly speaking, we don't see any other way for the steady development of the Ukrainian state apart from as a federation. "
" 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. "
" For years, we have been asking the E.U. to create something similar to the Russia-NATO council. Not in order to simply exchange opinions and work out recommendations, but to make decisions. "
" NATO cannot accept that the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine has not led to the subjugation of the whole Ukrainian nation. "
" Even the state TV channels are not monolithic in their pro-government line, and the views they express are quite pluralistic. "
" We can only talk to those who opt for the sovereign, territorially integral, secular, multiethnic and multi-confessional Syria. "
" 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. "
" Russia has every reason to dispose of its nuclear arsenal... to suit its interests and international legal obligations. "
" We have looked into the general problems with adoption in the United States, and we discovered - on the basis of the reports written by American NGOs - we discovered that not only Russians but kids from other countries and the American-born kids have been subject to very unfortunate behavior on the part of their adopted parents. "
" We are not wedded to anyone in Syria. We are not concerned with any personality. We are concerned with keeping Syria in one piece, territorially integral, sovereign, independent and secular, where the rights of all groups, ethnic and others, are fully respected. "
" What we did say is that it is up to the Syrians themselves to decide how to run the country, how to introduce the reforms, what kind reforms, without any outside interference. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" Historical experience shows that a crisis causes either a recovery or catastrophic consequences. "
" I can only say that I have good personal relations with all secretaries of state with whom I have a chance to work. "
" The Russian Federation and the United States of America, the two biggest nuclear powers in the world, but apart from nuclear-wise, we have a lot in common. We have huge territories, natural resources, technologies, science, education, and of course human capital. "
" We have no desire to continue a sanctions war, trading blows. "
" Conversations with my counterparts in Europe have made clear that many of them recognize NATO's limitations and understand the need for reform. "
" On September 11, 2001, Russia's then-president, Vladimir Putin, called U.S. President George W. Bush - making Putin the first international leader to speak with Bush after the attacks. "
" 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. "
" Russia probably knows the true cost of revolutions better than most other countries. "