Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ
12th January, 2016
The words of U.S. President Barack Obama about Russia as a regional power and attempts to talk about other countries in a derogatory manner are symptoms of an erroneous attitude and the desire to prove their exclusivity, says the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
"I think that the reasoning on the other countries, the attempted reasoning on other countries in a derogatory manner is the flip side to prove their exclusivity. It seems to me that this is wrong," said Putin in an interview with German magazine Bild, responding to a question on the statement of U.S. President Barack Obama about Russia as a regional power.
"If we say that Russia is a regional power, we should first determine what region we are referring to. Look at the map and ask: “What is it, is it part of Europe? Or is it part of the eastern region, bordering on Japan and the United States, if we mean Alaska and China? Or is it part of Asia? Or perhaps the southern region?” Or look at the north. Essentially, in the north we border on Canada across the Arctic Ocean. Or in the south? Where is it? What region are we speaking about?" — said Putin.
He also stressed that he could not take the words of the American leader on Russia seriously, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
"That is his own opinion, as I also know his opinion that the American nation, the United States is unique. I cannot agree with either of those opinions", — Putin said.