Previous sessions included the following classic clips (via RT): Putin on whether Alaska is “ice crimea” (play on “ice cream”): Clearly these are tough acts to follow and so, with the bar set, Putin came into Thursday’s event prepared to one-up himself — he did not disappoint.
As Bloomberg notes, the Russian President took 'the pot calling the kettle black' to the next level by likening the US to the post-war USSR.
Here’s more: Iran: Putin insisted lifting a five-year embargo on the delivery of air defence missiles to Iran did not undermine international sanctions since the Russian ban was voluntary.
The US and Israel have objected to the move announced this week.
Putin said he made the decision since Iran had shown “a desire to reach compromise”.
While grainy cell phone videos of violent attacks on Syrian protesters are making it out of the country, independent journalists are rarely making it in.
Reporter Ramita Navai risked her life to document the day-to-day realities of the uprising and President Bashar al-Assad’s ruthless efforts to crush it.
During her two weeks undercover in Syria, Ramita embedded with activists and documented the network of safe houses and secret hospitals the resistance has setup as the struggle — now approaching its eighth month — persists in the face of almost daily attacks from security forces.How did Ramita get into Syria and earn the activists’ trust? And what are the implications of Syria’s uprising for the region and for the future of the “Arab Spring? We’ve asked correspondent Ramita Navai and reporter Anthony Shadid — featured in “The Regime,” the second part of this report — to join us for a live chat to discuss these questions and answer yours.Submit questions in the chat box below anytime, and join us at 1 p.m. We’ll also be joined by “Syria Undercover” correspondent Ramita Navia is a reporter for the Channel 4 (UK) series Unreported World.Her recent films include include “El Salvador: The Child Assassins,” “USA: Down and Out”, and “Breaking Into Israel”. Over a 15-year career, he has reported from across the Middle East.Shadid won the two Pulitzer Prizes for his coverage of the Iraq War. Russian President Vladimir Putin — who TIME readers recently voted as the most influential person in the world — held his annual call-in/ town hall-style Q&A on Thursday, and as one might imagine, there were some memorable moments.