War with Ukraine impossible - Putin

No war between Russian and Ukraine is possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual question and answer session officially known as Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.

No war between Russian and Ukraine is possible, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual question and answer session officially known as Direct Line with Vladimir Putin.

The Russian president also once again stressed that no Russian troops are involved in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"Are there Russian troops in Ukraine? I will put it straight: there are no Russian troops in Ukraine," Putin said in response to a question posed by politician Irina Khakamada.

Putin said that the chief of staff of the Ukrainian army had put it the best way at a meeting with his foreign colleagues. "We are not fighting against the Russian army," the chief of staff said directly and publicly.

"What else can be added to his words?" Putin asked.

Moscow expects nothing from Kiev authorities except treating it as equitable partner

The president said Russia does not expect anything from the Kiev authorities except for getting the treatment that the Ukrainians would give to any equitable partner in all areas.

"As for now, we don’t want anything from the Kiev authorities except for getting a treatment from them they would give to all the equitable partners in all the areas of collaboration," Putin said.

Moscow puts emphasis on the observance of legitimate rights and interests of the ethnic Russians living in Ukraine, as well as the rights of the people who consider themselves to be Russian regardless of what is said in their passports, who name Russian as their native tongue, and who feel unbreakable bonds with Russia, Putin said.

First published by TASS.

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