'60 Minutes' interview, Putin says 'tsar' not fit for him

Russian President Vladimir Putin says name ‘tsar’ isn’t for him, claims 'strengthening effective government structures' is only solution for Syrian crisis

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Russian President Vladimir Putin

Updated Sep 26, 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin told CBS’s “60 Minutes” during an interview on Thursday that “it is important what you do for your country, not the names you are being called” stating that the mark “tsar” doesn’t fit him.

The host of the programme, Charlie Rose raised questions to the Pussian president on the “names” people are calling him.

He proceeded with the interview, it doesn’t matter who the name callers are, “wheather these are well-wishers, friends or olitical opponents,” what’s “important is what you think about you, what you must do for the interest of the country, which has entrusted you with the position as the head of the Russian state.”

Ahead of the United Nations General Assembly meeting that’s to start on Monday, Putin made a statement over the crisis in Syria. He repeated his suggestion over the Syrian crisis that caused the death of over 240,000 people their life and displaced millions. Putin believes in supporting and stregthening the effective government in Syria.  

“There is no other solution to the Syrian crisis than strengthening the effective government structures and rendering them help in fighting terrorism. But at the same time, urging them to engage in positive dialogue with the rational opposition and conduct reform,” Putin said.

Russia has recently bolstered its support for the Assad regime with fighter jets, artillery and ground forces. Russia also supports the idea of Assad to be part of the US-led coalition against ISIS, however the US sees Assad as part of the problem in the Syrian civil war.

Putin emphasized that the US-led coalition needs to fathom that only the Syrian people should be the one “to decide who should govern their country and how.”

Rose, during the interview foreshadowed if the Russian military’s interventions was designed to “rescue” Assad, Putin replied “Well, you’re right.”

The death toll of the Syrian crisis and the number of Syrian refugees escalates day by day. The Britain-based Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) reports indicate, over 240,000 people have died, in which over 207,000 have been killed by the Assad regime.

According to the US and Turkey, the root cause of the Syrian crisis has been Assad’s brutal treatment of the Syrian people, which allowed for ISIS to emerge from the chaos

Putin also talked about America’s creativity during the interview.

“Creativity when it comes to your tackling problems. Their openness - openness and open-mindedness - because it allows them to unleash the inner potential of their people. And thanks to that, America has attained such amazing results in developing their country,” Putin said. “America exerts enormous influence on the situation in the world as a whole.”


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