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December 2, 2010

ICYMI: Russian PM Vladimir Putin

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Manideepa Patnaik   December 1st, 2010 12:09 pm ET

Hi Larry! You took a really wonderful interview with Putin. You could have taken hundreds of interviews of Putin if your parents would have kept you there in Russia for longer than they did. You would have at least understood Russian. Putin is a wonderful guy. His views about Wikileaks is wonderful. His views about President Obama is also wonderful. I hope you have had a nice great dinner together after the interview. Best luck, Manideepa


KIm   December 1st, 2010 12:42 pm ET

Read the speech by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at Carnegie. He's the new guy on the block they just hired. When do US inspectors evaluate Russia's nuclear sites and is there a date that works for the Russian Prime Minister Putin ? It's a joint effort for Peace and shared responsibility. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will discuss further "START" for a new beginning. No nuclear and World Peace ! Sounds like Russia is going to support Afghan and assist as well per the speech. "If Iran becomes Nuclear"....aren't Russian technicians in there now to support their nuclear and will they please stop ? The joint action plan on terrorism sounds fair enough. Al Qaeda ....the end ! Non proliferation efforts ahead and World Peace now ! A multi nuclear world is not in NATTO's interest or Russia's interest. President Regan always said...."Trust but Verify " and Go Clinton ! Keep it real and make it work ! What are Russia's disagreements with NATO ? Good luck on the joint review of New 21st Century security challenges. Rasmussen mentions in his speech the display for greater realism that's realistic in expectations and to reinforce practical cooperation in all areas where seen risks and threats to their society. Wiki leaks ? Enough drama and let's do World Peace now !


IKHAN   December 1st, 2010 2:33 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Good morning folks.
This should be an interesting interview.

Russia is again emerging as a strong player in the world politics, thanks to the two wars, our blind Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and Islam centric foreign policy.
The balance of power is now shifting away from us and dynamics have changed. China, India, Russia & Iran are now the powers to watch both regionally & globally.
China & Iran clearly at an advantage due to our foolish & costly militarism in Iraq & Afghanistan turned now into a nightmarish quagmire
.Iran has played its cards well, we providing the opportunity by invading Iraq & Afghanistan and as a result of our failed, lame duck policy towards Israel- Palestine conflict.
Russia sitting smugly on the sidelines watching us get deeper into troubled waters. India playing us against Russia & China and getting the most from Afghan debacle & 'war on terrorism' as its arch enemy Pakistan suffers.
North Korea, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty and many vital issues for Mr.Putin to ponder. Then Wikileaks.
These leaks, by the way are no surprise to any thinking individual in this age of information.
The question is why is Israel missing from all this? A country which is a big player, be it Iraq,Iran,Afghanistan, Pakistan or S.Arabia. Our state Dept or DOD wouldn't dare make a move without consulting them. And not a single leak which even mentions their name in passing?
Intriguing. Lets ask Mr.Putin.


Joe G. (Illinois)   December 1st, 2010 5:55 pm ET

Fact is that one thing is for sure..

Either Borak Obama steps up to the plate as the world peace maker during a time of high tension and world wide crisis and then…

Or someone else does.
That’s for sure.

Like if not Borak Obama, who might be the runner up?
Herman Van Rompuy?! The Belgian prime minister, as the European Union’s first president?! All Borak Obama seems to do points to toward worldwide admiration and unexplained glamour..


Dodie   December 1st, 2010 9:05 pm ET

I agree with Vladimir Putin. The wikiLeaks only confirm freedom of information and speech. As long as specific individuals are not named in which their or their families lives are in jeopardy.


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:06 pm ET

For how many years will you flip the posts of the prime minister and president. will you change athe parner from Miedviediev to someone else?


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Do you think of ever returning a democracy to your country. Who actually stands behind you beside the FSB. How many people will have to be killed before democracy will return to the great russian nation? Is Politkowskaya enough?


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Was Litvinienko killed to give an example to the people like you, the KGB agents, never ro bertay. I understand that you had to do it in the way that everyone of you should remember it, but using polonium was relly brutal. It happened during your term. Did you ordered this


Dodie   December 1st, 2010 9:17 pm ET

The real issue with the DPRK and South Korea is the DMZ line. The DPRK does not nor has it ever acknowledged that particular latitude of the DMZ line. I would like to see China bring the DPRK and south korea to the 6 party negotiations.


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:21 pm ET

threatning the rest of the world with the new arms race is really unfair. Shouldn`t you take care millins of homeless and other problems of your impoverished country. As th officer of the KGB you should have some pride.


Dodie   December 1st, 2010 9:21 pm ET

My concern with Russia is with their defense missile tracking systems. I understand they are out-dated and could error on a false positive. Meaning their defense system could alarm PM Vladimir Putin that we have launched missiles when we have NOT. They would not have enough time to confirm that we have Not launched missiles towards their country; therefore, launching their missiles towards us.


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:28 pm ET

Dear Mr. Putin, everybody knews that you do not have anything beside impoverished, outdated economy. Your defence system is worth nothing. Your economy is based on the natural resources and is dwindling down. Talking about arm race is worth this sam as Chrishtchew tapping his shoe in th UN. I am switching you OFF


Kevin   December 1st, 2010 9:39 pm ET

PM Putin's comments are right on, except for his hedging about N. Korea. I find him generally honest and pragmatic. Unfortunately, Americans are blinded and mislead by both their elected representative and media to the real facts, which include that our representatives are managed and funuded by special interest,s and the fact that the two parties hate each other and refuse to cooperate to the detrtiment of this nation-for shame.


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Coul you tell us something about yoyr relationship with Silvio BerlusconiÉ Did you have a good time with Mirek Topolanek and the girls


Jacek   December 1st, 2010 9:49 pm ET

How the leader of one of themost corrupt country can talk about the corruption in FIFA


Ben   December 1st, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Great interview! Watching it right now. Terrific questions and on point answers. Putin is a great politician and charismatic leader.


Dodie   December 1st, 2010 9:58 pm ET

Julian Assange, Founder of WikiLeaks Charge of rape and assault is "udderly" convenient at this particular time! Increase in government transparency is the path towards Democracy. The World Corporations and defense contractors are angered regarding the information released as it cuts through some of the rhetoric they spew out daily. Is all the information accurate? Most likely not as it depends on the source and even the CIA is more often wrong than right! The "fairness doctrine" by Pres. Ronald Regan created the FCC deregulation in broadcasting.

The world corporate mega-structure view the information from the internet as "Share holder Value" not "Shared Value". The true underlying issue is: "Corporate enclosure of the internet" in which we will lose "freedom" of speech and shared information.


Dodie   December 1st, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Excellent questions and interview, Larry. This has been a valued and interesting program. Thank you


Marian Degner   December 1st, 2010 10:23 pm ET

Mr.Putin pointed on "START"with statement like; Russia don't putting shields next to USA borders. Yeah also USA don't do that to Russia, but EU and NATO partners their like to insured their own borders, so, their don't experiencing another "Georgia Invasion".
Russia like to stay world military power,with option to. Push on negotiation for Russia interest only. But democratic world will expect from Russia more Solid Cooperation with NATO, USA,EU,INDIA,UK,AUSTRALIA,ISRAEL,JAPAN,PAKISTAN,UAE and other USA and Democratics power countries around the world.
If Russia stay isolated and continued by the passive negotiator, position against solid cooperation, this (can be similar to years 1914) will destroyed left over of post Communist generation in Russia.
Only who can gain from this kind status, will be China.


Zach   December 1st, 2010 10:25 pm ET

The funny thing is that Putin cab speak perfect English, shows how much he respects larry!


Marian Degner   December 1st, 2010 10:27 pm ET

Mr.Putin pointed on "START"with statement like; Russia don't putting shields next to USA borders. Yeah also USA don't do that to Russia, but EU and NATO partners their like to insured their own borders, so, their don't experiencing another "Georgia Invasion".
Russia like to stay world military power,with option to. Push on negotiation for Russia interest only. But democratic world will expect from Russia more Solid Cooperation with NATO, USA,EU,INDIA,UK,AUSTRALIA,ISRAEL,JAPAN,PAKISTAN,UAE and other USA and Democratics power countries around the world.


Marian Degner   December 1st, 2010 10:30 pm ET

Mr.Putin pointed on "START"with statement like; Russia don't putting shields next to USA borders. Yeah also USA don't do that to Russia, but EU and NATO partners their like to insured their own borders, so, their don't experiencing another "Georgia Invasion".
Russia like to stay world military power,with option to. Push on negotiation for Russia interest only.


Marian Degner   December 1st, 2010 10:31 pm ET

Good Larry !


Mr. Marian Degner   December 1st, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Mr.Putin at Larry King Live pointed on "START"with statement like; Russia don't putting shields next to USA borders. Yeah also USA don't do that to Russia, but EU and NATO partners their like to insured their own borders, so, their don't experiencing another "Georgia Invasion".
Russia like to stay world military power,with option to. Push on negotiation for Russia interest only. But democratic world will expect from Russia more Solid Cooperation with NATO,USA,EU,INDIA,UK, AUSTRALIA,ISRAEL,JAPAN,
PAKISTAN,UAE and other USA and Democratics power countries around the world.

If Russia stay isolated and continued by the passive negotiator, position against solid cooperation, this (can be similar to years 1914) will destroyed left over of post Communist generation in Russia.
Only who can gain from this kind status, will be China.


sergei   December 2nd, 2010 12:15 am ET

Mr. Putin is a low level KGB-officer. All he now can do is to scare other nations as a volf – ahhhhhrrrrrrrr!

He is not a smart guy. Just a regular stupid KGB-employee...


anna   December 2nd, 2010 12:27 am ET

erm, why is the translation so poor?


Christopher   December 2nd, 2010 12:31 am ET

sergei, colonel of FSB is a "a low level KGB-officer"? What are you smoking there?!


adler   December 2nd, 2010 5:59 am ET

Well, Russia doesn't really care wether the west thinks it feels isolated or not. Russia has all the resources it needs and is collaborating with the rest of the world quite well, so I'm not sure who is isolated... In addition, you can't really compare NATO's mercenaries to the Russian army, period.


Nikolay   December 2nd, 2010 8:07 am ET

I am from Russia. Moscow . If America will respect Russian interests we
will resppect Americans interests. This is key!


Ale   December 2nd, 2010 1:35 pm ET

Great interview, Larry! Really you wonna visit Russia? Always welcome!


Eugene   December 2nd, 2010 2:56 pm ET

I'm really laughing when people start to say something about the lack of democracy in Russia, about bad economy in Russia.....people say about things that they dont know.
US democracy....yeah really democratic having a president that was elected not by the numbers of people who voted in the whole country.
Bad economy....come to russia and take look for yourself....it's rather different then you would see in the US, but poor or as some one here said "impoverished, outdated" – no way.


Alex   December 3rd, 2010 3:55 am ET

Does anyone know when full version of the interview will be available? i mean one whole video
now i can find only 3 parts on youtube


renee authier   December 3rd, 2010 5:41 am ET

Vladimir Putin is a straight shooter. He did not skirt around one question that you presented him with. I think American leaders should take notice and represent USA with the same honor and dignity that Mr. Putin showed. Larry, please don't retire, you are by far the best interviewer bar none.


Kuka   December 3rd, 2010 7:18 am ET

Thousands of years humanity dreams of peaceful life and probably it never gonna happen. Even having best interpreters sometimes leaves distortion in translation . What Vladimir Putin said about arms race does not sound in Russian as a threat, but it did in English. I wonder what we would say if Russia started to build anti-missile complexes near US borders?
Thank you, Larry and bravo Mr. Putin!
Good questions and great answers.


andrei   December 3rd, 2010 7:11 pm ET

Yes there is a leak of democracy in Russia, yes the economy is not that good but nothing happened in one day Russia will walk step by step to a better live and it’s a hard long road.
But I’m surprised of American people u have democracy and good economy and ur trying to make the world better how???by killing people in Vietnam Iraq Afghanistan in Palestine supporting Israel !!!By trying to teach each country in the world each person on the earth how to live!!!Look at ur self crime in USA drugs violins on tv ur much worse than a lot of countries ur trying to teach! So wake up and start from urself then ull have a right to teach us!!!!!
Sorry but I’m a human and it hearts me when beasts pretend to be a human just to kill another human and control the others .


Nana Brown   December 3rd, 2010 11:56 pm ET

What are the implications of these leaks? What will they achieve? Are the leaks an attack on the world community? If it is, then we need to take a better look and clean up our act.Honesty is a good think it prevents human suffering, wars, invasions, occupations, terrorism and helps the UN implicate it's ruling in a fair and balanced way that has been ignored and unnoticed all these years.
Has any one seen any thing about Israel in these leaks? There security systems must be ironclad and good.
Free Media.


JBM   December 5th, 2010 6:55 pm ET

Julian Assange should be placed somewhere where he never sees the light of day. However, our lack of security in allowing half a million people or so access to these types of documents certainly speaks volumes.


Ivelina   December 5th, 2010 10:50 pm ET

Dear Jacek, reading through your comments full of hate and old fashioned propaganda statements from the Cold War era, I'm wondering if you have ever tried to not be so bias in your opinion about Russia. Looking at your name, I could only guess if course, but it seems that your origin may be the simple answer of the hate towards everything Russian. I'm so tired of all blames, comments and opinions expressed by people whose ideas ate based on one simple principle "Russia is evil and everything Russian is bad". The media around the world seeks scandals behind every tiny detail related to Russia. We read and hear about Russian spies here and there like KGB is the only intelligence agency in the world left and neither of the other countries have spies. I know my note would not change your point of view, unfortunately I see too much hate rooted in you, but I hope that even if it is to be for one single moment, still my words can make you pause and rethink before you attack again.


IKHAN   December 5th, 2010 11:50 pm ET

@Nana Brown

Govts around the world are scrambling for damage control. They are waking up to the fact that in this age when portals to infinite information are available right at our homes, they can no longer keep a people in the dark.
That the age when masters chose what bits of information to feed their subjects is waning.
At home with us the culture of dishonesty, wheeling & dealing behind closed doors, demeaning democracy by playing gods of Olympus on the Hill is in jeopardy. Is that good or bad?
In no period in our history have we needed honesty & sanity as we need now. In order to guide this nation of ours out of labyrinth of lies, half truths , propaganda, fear & paranoia we are trapped in. In order to make sure that disasters like Iraq & debacles like Afghanistan don't happen again and that we are not shoved and pushed into a third war.

@JBM
that would be a slur on democracy and wouldn't do a thing for our already tarnished image.


Serj   December 6th, 2010 11:03 am ET

In that part of the interview where Putin answers about WikiLeaks the translation is not correct. It goes "Some experts believe that somebody is decieving WikiLeaks, their reputation being undermined, to use them for their own political purposes later on". The interpreter used the verb "decieve" which is absolutely inappropriate, not corrwect and just doesn't make sense. Putin used the word "naduvaet" which can mean both "to decive" and "to blow/pump up, to fan, to boost". So, what Putin did mean was that someone is trying to pump up the authority of WikiLeaks, to make it look more important, popular or reliable than it really is, so that it could be later used for bigger things. So, from the translation we can understand that Putin doubts credibility of the published materials, which, in fact, he doesn't. Maybe it's not that big a deal, i guess.


Nana Brown   December 6th, 2010 3:54 pm ET

It is almost hilarious that the republic based on liberty with matching the statue should treat the freedom of information as a hostile act! Only Fox's faithful would be surprised by this stuff.
Watergate was far more sensational news, jail was never suggested far less the executions recommended by the various redneck politicians that constantly mock the noble principles on which our nation was once founded on.
In many countries this kind of stuff would've ever make to the press- that's maybe why Assange started with the USA, it's more challenging for him perhaps. It's not what he did is right or wrong is the question.
If freedom and liberty in modern America were anything more than words, they'd simply ask Assange to run their media. The media has become just another source of information handed to them instead of investigated journalism we once had. It's about time countries stopped playing the game of risk with all of us and started seeing the world as belonging to all those who live on it.Our media is especially subservient to the global finance elite and the governments they seem to running it.Is it fair that Murdoch can 'expose' good people he doesn't like but his powerful friends have shielded never expose for there rather unpleasant activities. What is the difference from the communist system where media was controlled by the government, now some media ( not all ) is in the hands of special entrees groups. American has a history of FREE SPEECH certainly superior to most of the world where libel laws are used to intimidate, we have been in a cloud of misinformation but we will come out of it I am just as much certain.We appear to be seeing through hundreds of mirrors at the moment. A search for Wikileaks mirrors will point you to many of them.One for the latest cables is "uk/cablegate.". If people are genuinely interested they should actually read some of them. They are quite fascinating, in a strange way, and do give a picture of things going on around the world. They are not all sensational, many on the surface seem quite mundane, but there are many interesting gems of information hidden away. Whilst it would be good to be able to see some similar cables originating from other countries diplomatic staff, which I'm sure will happen sooner or later, these US originated ones give us 'ordinary folk' a glimpse into the workings of the machinery of power.
I know little of the engine of how my car works, so I try to learn a little, and now feel a bit comfortable leaving my car in trusted workshop. I would expect the same of politicians and diplomats, and hopefully Wikileaks (from all over the world) will begin to force those people to be more honest. It's about time countries stopped playing the game of "RISK" with all of us and started seeing the world as belonging to all those who live on it. I have seen people from different religions and backgrounds get along great with each other ...... this is what makes our country so great. The same rules can be applied with our dealing with other countries as well, only if we set aside special entrees group and greed we would be a safer America.
Human suffering is the same for all lets be honest.
Free Media for a Free America.


CHM   December 6th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

@Ikhan,
Think so? How do you think any other country would handle it? Shall we start with Israel. It's sad to think that Americans (if that's who is commenting here) would support the idea of confidential intelligence being made available to the world. Very sad. Many of us are a slur to ourselves.


IKHAN   December 6th, 2010 11:51 pm ET

@CHM

yes it is a proud American commenting and commenting from the heart that loves this country & principles that this great nation has always stood for.

We Americans would & should always stand up for truth, liberty, freedom & justice. A democracy is for the people not for a select few who chose to take reins of our destiny. Great nations carve their destiny themselves and their leaders set the paradigms of truth & honesty.
Sadly we find ourselves in the mess that we are in now and sliding down from the status we earned by being true to our principles. The 8 years of dishonesty , lies, propaganda and fabrications that pushed us into disasters like Iraq should have taught us a lesson.
I completely agree with@ Nana Brown

God bless America


Gary   December 8th, 2010 3:30 pm ET

I am tied of our damn goverment thinking about the damn 2%of the richest people in the country... They dont need no god damn tax breaks..
It's time for the poor working class people like me who makes $9.50 per hr an the eldly people need the breaks NOT THE 2% OF THE RICHEST THEY NEED TO PAY MORE TAXES... Our goverment sucks....


Marat   December 8th, 2010 11:08 pm ET

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