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Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Putin’

On CNBC, Putin Talks Snowden: ‘We Gave Him a Refuge, But He Didn’t Tell Us Anything’

PutinCNBCAround 7:30amET, CNBC carried live a Q&A with Geoff Cutmore, who hosts “Squawk Box” on CNBC Europe and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Q&A followed Putin’s address at the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg.

Cutmore asked Putin whether there is a “road back” in his relationship with Pres. Obama “given the level of hostility at least that seems to be played out in the international media.”

From the CNBC transcript, Putin is quoted as saying:

We never did anything to ruin our relationship and despite very rushed rhetoric and opposing approaches to some very topical matters, our cooperation continues… We continue cooperation on the Iranian nuclear programme. I just met the Iranian President in Beijing on the sidelines of an international forum and we spoke about further joint action involving Iran, and taking onboard U.S. position on the Iranian nuclear issue. Syria remains an important issue. And although our views diverge sometimes we still hope we will come to some agreement. Then we have common agenda confronting terrorism…. So we have many points of convergence that of interest to both Russia and U.S. We are not trying to fence ourselves out from the rest of the world. But you can’t force people to like you, as we say in Russia. But we hope that common sense, good sense, and national interest will push our European and American partners to continue cooperation with United States.

Cutmore then asked Putin if Russia’s relationship with the U.S. was “already breaking down over things like the Snowden affair?”

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Bob Costas Talks of Brutality in Ukraine Amid ‘Vladimir Putin’s Games’

CostasRussiaTwenty minutes into the penultimate night of Olympic competition from Sochi, Bob Costas took a few minutes to highlight today’s gold medal-winning Ukrainian women’s biathlon relay team amid the backdrop of the violence that raged in their home country this week. “There are about 40 Ukrainian athletes in Sochi,” Costas noted. “They requested to compete with black arm bands. That request was denied.”

Costas then talked about the success of the XXII Winter Olympics. Security has held up, venues have been praised and the warmth of the host country has shone through, he said, before tearing into the Russian regime: ”While Russian citizens have better lives than Soviet citizens of a generation ago, theirs is still a government which imprisons dissidents, is hostile to gay rights, sponsors and supports a vicious regime in Syria, and that’s just a partial list.”

The Sochi games are Vladimir Putin‘s games, from their inception to their conclusion, and all points in between. If they are successful on their own terms, as appears to be the case, then at least in some corners it will help to burnish the image of a regime with which much of the world takes significant issue. No amount of Olympic glory can mask those realities any more than a biathlon gold medal, though hard-earned and deeply satisfying as it is, can put out the fires in Kiev.

 

Did ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Just Scoop NBC with Putin Interview?

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is in Sochi, Russia today where he got an interview with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The Sochi Olympics, as you are well aware, are on the networks and stations of NBCUniversal, so Stephanopoulos getting this interview ahead of NBC’s is quite a coup. Stephanopoulos asked Putin about security for the games, his position on gay rights, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, and other topics. The “GMA” anchor returns from Russia today and will be hosting “This Week” Sunday as usual.

 

U.S. Govt. Learned of Charlie Rose’s Assad Interview the Same Time Everyone Else Did

With a choice of having Anthony Weiner, Lady Gaga or Bashar al-Assad on his morning show, CBS News president David Rhodes will take door number 3 any day.

“If we wanted a more stark demonstration of the differences in these shows, I think this morning is a perfect example,” Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We have done more Syria on this morning show than anyone,” says Rhodes. “And we’ve been rewarded for it by viewers.”

That “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose got the interview should not come as a surprise. He’d interviewed Assad before, and has been working for months to secure this interview as the Syrian civil war intensified. “He’s had a track record on this story for a long time,” says Rhodes. The entirety of the interview will air tonight on Rose’s PBS program.

Rhodes’ boss, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager put on another hat this weekend: as Rose’s producer. “When you have a situation like this, you don’t know what you’re going to find when you get there,” says Rhodes. “There’s no substitute to having people there with the experience and confidence to confront that. That Jeff was able to go, is great”

Rose and Fager spent Saturday night in Damascus, before heading to the presidential palace Sunday morning. Hours later Rose was in Lebanon phoning into CBS’s Bob Schieffer breaking the news of his interview. That’s also around the time the White House first learned about it.

Which means it came as news to Rhodes’ younger brother, Ben Rhodes, who is the White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication.

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WWE Bringing Out The Star Power For Tribute To The Troops Telecast

Nothing says the holidays like Diddy and World Wrestling Entertainment.

The rapper, along with his new group, “Dirty Money,” will be a part of the WWE’s third annual holiday special telecast, WWE Tribute to the Troops.

Comedian Cedric the Entertainer and actress Ariel Winter are also scheduled to appear on the hour-long NBC special honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces on Dec. 18.

The WWE actually started the event in 2003 after wrestler John Layfield (aka JBL) suggested it to chairman Vince McMahon. After traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan for the last seven years, the WWE will travel for the first time to Fort Hood, Texas.

Stories About Athletes Overspending Are Always Fun

We’re going back to England.

In Sabatoge Times (yeah, not really sure what it is), Rohan Ricketts writes about the trials and tribulations of being a young, rich athlete.

Ricketts, who played for squads including Arsenal, Tottenham, England’s U-21, and Toronto FC, offers up some telling anecdotes. Read more

From Russia with Love Biz

CNBC’s Erin Burnett is on her way back from Russia today after taking “Street Signs” to Red Square. Burnett broadcast her 2pmET show from Moscow and it included a parade of business heavyweights including JP Morgan CEO Jeff Costello, Google Russia CEO Vladimir Dolgov, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin‘s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee.

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Putin Tells CNN Reporter Georgia Invasion Orchestrated by U.S.

CNNPutin_8.28.jpgCNN’s Matthew Chance spoke with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in the Black Sea city of Sochi, today. In the interview, Putin said his country was not to blame for starting the conflict with Georgia. In fact, Putin accused the United States of orchestrating the conflict.

Chance did a quick live interview with CNN anchor Heidi Collins earlier today. His interview with Putin will air at 3pET on CNNI.