Vladimir Putin 2015 media Q&A Live updates

December 17, 2015. Journalists before the annual news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the World Trade Center on Krasnaya Presnya. © Michael Klimentyev
We’re covering the Russian president’s traditional end-of-year Q&A marathon LIVE on RT. This year’s session has attracted nearly 1,400 journalists, ready to pose a wide variety of questions. It is expected that the focus will be on international issues, but domestic issues such as the economy will also be up for discussion.
  • 17 December 2015

    12:34 GMT

    Vladimir Putin's 11th annual press conference lasted 3 hours, 8 minutes, much the same as the similar event a year ago. During the event, Putin answered questions from 32 Russian and foreign journalists.

  • 12:29 GMT

    Putin presser 2015 starts with a joke

    Putin starts annual presser with a joke on current situation. Q&A session in full: https://youtu.be/q7fsXGWiuDc

    Posted by RT Play on Thursday, December 17, 2015

  • 12:28 GMT

    Putin said American presidential candidate Donald Trump is a “talented” person and an “absolute leader” in the US presidential race. The Russian president welcomed Trump's recent statement about stronger cooperation with Russia.

  • 12:16 GMT

    Putin said it was necessary to wait for the official results of the investigation into opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's murder. The president stressed that he has never discussed the matter with Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, even though two Chechen nationals are suspected of committing the killing.

  • 12:06 GMT

    Russian authorities do not plan to lift the ban on adoption of Russian children by foreigners, the president said.

  • 12:02 GMT

  • 12:01 GMT

    Fighting terrorism implies uniting efforts, not dissipating strength, Putin said.

  • 11:59 GMT

    The creation of an Islamic counterterrorist coalition headed by Saudi Arabia while there is another anti-terrorist coalition headed by the US can be explained by some kind of regional interests, Putin said. The president expressed hope that Moscow and Riyadh will be able to work out common rules of interaction.

  • 11:57 GMT

    Russia's decision to halt flights to and from Egypt is not political and is not a sign of distrust toward the Egyptian leadership; it is necessary to maintain the safety of Russian citizens, Putin said, adding that the Egyptian president is showing great personal courage in the fight against terrorism.

  • 11:49 GMT

    Moscow is ready to cooperate with Kiev authorities on gas transit if Ukraine is capable of acting as Russia's European partners in the Nord Stream project.