President Putin thinks that the official authorities should have their official organs of the press to lay down their position and points of view. The Russian president said this at a press conference for Russian and foreign journalists in the Kremlin on Monday.
But they should not be given advantages on the market, he is firm. The head of state called for combating a situation when the official mass media, local for one, enjoy indirect profits bypassing laws through affiliated structures, advertising.
The president promised to arrange a meeting between governors and managers of the local media bodies so as to arrange a better interaction between them because "the sides must meet each other halfway". "We must understand that the mass media are part of our society," he said. "The regional media, governors and entire Russia are interested in that," the head of state pointed out.
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Moscow is trying to stop Balkan countries from entering NATO. Greece eventually took measures against Russia, even though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had earlier said that Russia was Greece's strategic partner
The Ukrainian government refuses to abode by its obligations, rejects a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and disregards its own people, the president said