When speaking about possible conflict with Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said "this is not our decision, we do not want this. We must consider our security prospects not just for today and next week, but also for the foreseeable future."
"We simply asked if there should be any more NATO movement to the east; now the ball is in their court. In this regard, I'd like to emphasise that we've received a generally positive reaction thus far, and our American counterparts have said that they're ready to begin this discussion."
When discussing vaccines and covid immunity, he stated "I'm referring to the need for vaccines to be recognised mutually and for these vaccines to be distributed as widely as possible over the world as soon as possible. Otherwise, we will be unable to cope with this situation on a global scale, and humanity would be forced to live with it all the time."
"In Russia now, collective immunity is 59.4%, this is not enough. We require collective immunity of around 80%. We hope to attain this level by the end of the first quarter or early in the second quarter of next year."
Speaking on the subject of inflation and rate hikes, Putin stated "inflation of 8% is a lot, and we obviously need to return to the target, which is 4%."
"I understand the real economy sector's dissatisfaction with rate hikes, but if this is not done, we may face the same dilemma that Turkey is facing. Of course, these instruments must be utilised carefully, but the central bank conducts independent policy."
When discussing the economy, he stated that "this year's GDP growth is predicted to be 4.5%."
"While the unemployment rate has decreased, it is expected to rise slightly to 4.4% by the end of the year. This is a pretty good predictor of the overall state of the economy," he said.