Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has commented on why Russian President Vladimir Putin reacted to the question from a Georgian journalist, which she shouted in violation of the protocol before the start of the Eurasian economic Union (EAEU) summit in Yerevan.
The Georgian journalist asked Putin why Russia would start withdrawing troops from the “occupied territories” and the president responded by saying “When we make such a decision.”
Peskov said on the program Moscow. Kremlin. Putin that the Russian president always gives attention to journalists if the questions they ask seem important to him and it matters to Putin what country’s media they represent. “He prefers to communicate his positon to his counterparts patiently, using arguments,” Peskov said.
There is no occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Peskov said. “We differ on that,” he said.
Responding to a question from the journalist as to whether Moscow has seen any signals from the Georgian state that the relations with Russia will be improving, Peskov said: “We have seen signals from the crowd, we have sent signals from the authorities who were present in that crowd. These are the kind of signals that we saw, we didn’t like them. You felt that in Georgia.” “Let’s live without such signals,” Peskov said.