Vladimir Putin Quotes

Vladimir Putin Quotes
Sometimes it is necessary to be lonely in order to prove that you are right. Vladimir Putin


Terrorism has no nationality or religion. Vladimir Putin


The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner's legitimate interests. Vladimir Putin


Those who fight corruption should be clean themselves. Vladimir Putin


We need business to understand its social responsibility, that the main task and objective for a business is not to generate extra income and to become rich and transfer the money abroad, but to look and evaluate what a businessman has done for the country, for the people, on whose account he or she has become so rich. Vladimir Putin


We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. Vladimir Putin


The centuries-old history and culture of India, majestic architectural monuments and museums of Delhi, Agra and Mumbai have a unique attractive force. Vladimir Putin


Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain. Vladimir Putin


Nobody and nothing will stop Russia on the road to strengthening democracy and ensuring human rights and freedoms. Vladimir Putin


You must obey the law, always, not only when they grab you by your special place. Vladimir Putin


Even during the years of the Cold War, the intense confrontation between the Soviet Union and the United States, we always avoided any direct clash between our civilians and, most certainly, between our military. Vladimir Putin


Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain. Vladimir Putin


Everything will probably never be OK. But we have to try for it. Vladimir Putin


We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today's complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Vladimir Putin


You need to put drones under control; you need to lay out certain rules of engagement in order to prevent or minimize collateral casualties. It is extremely important. Vladimir Putin


No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization. Vladimir Putin


We should not just consume hydrocarbon fuel but use it to develop nuclear energy, hydro power and renewable energy sources. Vladimir Putin


I think the international community should unite to fight such inhuman phenomena as terror attacks and the murder of totally innocent people. Vladimir Putin


The task of the government is not only to pour honey into a cup, but sometimes to give bitter medicine. Vladimir Putin


At least in Russia, you cannot just go and tap into someone's phone conversation without a warrant issued by court. That's more or less the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism. Vladimir Putin


The strengthening of our statehood is, at times, deliberately interpreted as authoritarianism. Vladimir Putin


It is wrong to make anyone into an enemy; it is wrong to scare the people of one's own country with that enemy and try to rally some allies on that basis. Vladimir Putin


If the nation is not capable of preserving itself and reproducing, if it loses it vital bearings and ideals, then it doesn't need foreign enemies - it will fall apart on its own. Vladimir Putin


It's a historical phenomenon that in 250 years, a nation could move from a colony into the most prosperous nation of the world and the leader of the world. It is indeed an achievement, a tribute to the talent of the American nation, the American people and an optimal political and economic system. Vladimir Putin


I am the wealthiest man, not just in Europe, but in the whole world. I collect emotions. I am wealthy in that the people of Russia have twice entrusted me with the leadership of a great nation such as Russia - I believe that is my greatest wealth. Vladimir Putin


Our society, including the liberals, must understand that there must be order. Vladimir Putin


Above all, such sports as judo, in my view, teach people to relate to each other. They teach us to respect a partner, teach us to understand that an externally weak partner can not only put up worthy resistance, but, if you relax and take too much for granted, may even win. Vladimir Putin


If we speak calmly, in a businesslike fashion, let me draw your attention to the fact that Russia supplies arms to the legitimate government of Syria in full compliance with the norms of international law. We are not breaching any rules and norms. Vladimir Putin


The whole world recognizes Russia's cultural achievements. It is impossible to imagine the world culture without Russian culture, without our music and literature. Vladimir Putin


One can truly enjoy his or her life only while experiencing it, and it is inevitably related to a certain level of risk. Vladimir Putin


I have always loved and avidly read the novels of Jack London, Jules Verne and Ernest Hemingway. The characters depicted in their books, who are brave and resourceful people embarking on exciting adventures, definitely shaped my inner self and nourished my love for the outdoors. Vladimir Putin


Spying has always gone on since ancient times. Vladimir Putin


Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia. We will never allow this to happen. Vladimir Putin


It's Russia some people would like to get rid of. They are still afraid of our nuclear deterrent. We have our own foreign policy whether they like it or not. Vladimir Putin


The worst thing for a politician is to try and cling to power by every possible means, and focus only on that. Vladimir Putin


Terrorists are always a threat to someone. If we'll be scared of them, it means they have won. Vladimir Putin


Iraq is a small but very proud nation. Vladimir Putin


Russia does not want confrontation of any kind. And we will not take part in any kind of 'holy alliance.' Vladimir Putin


The Russian people and Russian culture are the linchpin, the glue that binds together this unique civilization. Vladimir Putin


No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used, not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Vladimir Putin


At last, Russia has returned to the world arena as a strong state - a country that others heed and that can stand up for itself. Vladimir Putin


Despite all the achievements of civilisation, the human being is still one of the most vulnerable creatures on earth. Vladimir Putin


NATO was built to counteract the Soviet Union in its day and time. At this point there is no threat coming from the Soviet Union, because there is no Soviet Union anymore. And where there was the Soviet Union once, there is now a number of countries, among them the new and democratic Russia. Vladimir Putin


Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle. Vladimir Putin


I have a private life in which I do not permit interference. It must be respected. Vladimir Putin


History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior. Vladimir Putin


The point of conservatism is not that it prevents movement forward and upward, but that it prevents movement backward and downward, into chaotic darkness and a return to a primitive state. Vladimir Putin


Russia needs a strong state power and must have it. But I am not calling for totalitarianism. Vladimir Putin


Journalism, as concerns collecting information, differs little if at all from intelligence work. In my judgment, a journalist's job is very interesting. Vladimir Putin


Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan, 'You're either with us or against us.' Vladimir Putin


I go to the gym, I swim daily and from time to time I meet with friends and do extra-curricular stuff. Vladimir Putin


I think happiness is love. Vladimir Putin


I am never guided by a possible assessment of my work. Vladimir Putin


My English is very bad. Vladimir Putin


There are both things in international law: the principle of territorial integrity and right to self-determination. Vladimir Putin


Indeed, Russia and the U.S. were allies during the two tragic conflicts of the Second and the First World Wars, which allows us to think there's something objectively bringing us together in difficult times, and I think - I believe - it has to do with geopolitical interests and also has a moral component. Vladimir Putin


I have a very positive attitude to anyone who is protecting the environment, but it's inadmissible when people are using it as a means of promoting themselves, using it as a source of self-enrichment. I don't want to name any specific examples... but often, environmentalism is used to blackmail companies. Vladimir Putin


My notion of the KGB came from romantic spy stories. I was a pure and utterly successful product of Soviet patriotic education. Vladimir Putin


We're no longer in the Cold War. Eavesdropping on friends is unacceptable. Vladimir Putin


Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror. Vladimir Putin


I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul. Vladimir Putin


I believe that the presidential term should be limited. Vladimir Putin


For Russia, there is not and there may not be another political option but democracy. However, Russian democracy is... not at all the realization of standards imposed on us from outside. Vladimir Putin


Any people has a right to self-determination, and now in Europe the process of diluting national sovereignty in the framework of a united Europe is more accepted. Vladimir Putin


You can swim any way you like in the Dead Sea, actually. Vladimir Putin


It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. Vladimir Putin


Europeans are really dying out! Vladimir Putin


I think we should not control the Internet. Vladimir Putin


Russia does not have in its possession any trustworthy data that supports the existence of nuclear weapons or any weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and we have not received any such information from our partners as yet. Vladimir Putin


Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy. Vladimir Putin


I see that not everyone in the West has understood that the Soviet Union has disappeared from the political map of the world and that a new country has emerged with new humanist and ideological principles at the foundation of its existence. Vladimir Putin


I have never stated Russia is an energy superpower, but we have more reserves than almost anybody else. We have always behaved, and we will continue to behave, in a responsible way. We intend to participate in the elaboration of common rules in the energy sector and to abide by rules which are developed together. Vladimir Putin


I was brought up in a very ordinary family, in fact, a worker's family. Both my father and mother were ordinary citizens. Vladimir Putin


Few people understand the magnitude of the catastrophe that happened late in the 1980s when the Communist Party had failed to modernize the Soviet Union. Vladimir Putin


All attempts to appease the Nazis between 1934 and 1939 through various agreements and pacts were morally unacceptable and politically senseless, harmful and dangerous. Vladimir Putin


It is necessary to suppress any extremist actions, on all sides, regardless of their origin. Vladimir Putin


The Eurasian union is a project meant to preserve the identities of nations and the historic Eurasian community in the new century, in a new world. Vladimir Putin


China is a great country with a great culture, populated by fascinating, industrious and talented people. Vladimir Putin


A considerable share of the world's population still cannot afford comfortable housing, education and quality health care. Vladimir Putin


We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement. Vladimir Putin


Stalinism is linked with a cult of personality and massive violations of the law, with repression and camps. There is nothing like that in Russia and, I hope, will never again be. Vladimir Putin


The more intermediaries there are, the more problems there are. Vladimir Putin


How does one control weight? By not overeating. How does one stay in shape? One plays sports. There are no magic pills here. Vladimir Putin


In the modern world, those who are weak will get unambiguous advice from foreign visitors which way to go and what policy course to pursue. Vladimir Putin


I think the American people should express their preferences, and we'll accept their choice. Vladimir Putin


Political activities in Russia should be as transparent as possible. Financing political activities from abroad is something the state should keep an eye on. Vladimir Putin


Economic activity is moving from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific ocean... Russia has a certain natural advantage because it also borders the Pacific Ocean. Vladimir Putin


The state security bodies should not be seen as an institution that works against society and the state; one needs to understand what makes them work against their own people. Vladimir Putin


My personal position is that society must keep children safe. Vladimir Putin


In accordance with the Constitution of the Russian Federation, the issues of foreign policy and defense are fully in the hands of the president. Vladimir Putin


If you want my personal attitude, I would tell you that I don't care about a person's sexual orientation. Vladimir Putin


In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state's role absolute. In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated. Vladimir Putin


Our military might is the guarantor of Russia's security and independence. Vladimir Putin


I myself know some people who are gay. We're on friendly terms. I'm not prejudiced in any way. Vladimir Putin


In many countries today, moral and ethical norms are being reconsidered; national traditions, differences in nation and culture are being erased. Vladimir Putin


A figure who receives money from abroad for his political work, and thus serves some foreign interest, cannot be a politician in Russia. Vladimir Putin


No references to the need to fight terror can be an argument for restricting human rights. Vladimir Putin


In line with international law, only the U.N. Security Council could sanction the use of force against a sovereign state. Any other pretext or method which might be used to justify the use of force against an independent sovereign state are inadmissible and can only be interpreted as an aggression. Vladimir Putin


The democratic choice Russian people made in the early 90's is final. Vladimir Putin


Our aims are absolutely clear: They are a high living standard in the country and a secure, free and comfortable life. Vladimir Putin


The unjustified swelling of the budgetary deficit and the accumulation of public debts are just as destructive as adventurous stock-jobbing. Vladimir Putin


The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history. Vladimir Putin


Radicals can be found in any environment. Vladimir Putin


To pay more is the easy way. In fact, the solution possibilities to the problem are many. Vladimir Putin


How can a bureaucrat or a politician be trusted if he says loud words for the sake of Russia's good while trying to take his funds, his money abroad? Vladimir Putin


I read papers, try to watch news programs on television, but, as a rule, recorded. During the day I have no time for that, so I watch something taped. As for the newspapers, I try to get through them every day. Additionally, of course, I look through news bulletins. Vladimir Putin


Protest actions and propaganda are two slightly different things. Vladimir Putin


Russia is opposed to the proliferation of mass destruction weapons, including nuclear weapons, and in this context we call upon our Iranian friends to abandon the uranium enrichment programme. Vladimir Putin


I love the Russian classics very much, the Russian classical literature. But I also read modern literature. As far as Russian literature is concerned, I am very fond of Tolstoy and Chekhov, and I also enjoy reading Gogol very much. Vladimir Putin


At a certain point, we saw the police cracking down on the Occupy Wall Street activists. I won't call the actions of police appropriate or inappropriate. Vladimir Putin


U.S. society doesn't want to play the role of international policeman. Vladimir Putin


Thieves must sit in prison. Vladimir Putin


As far as oligarchs who acquire sports team abroad, and invest money abroad, I wouldn't treat this phenomenon as something bad. Vladimir Putin


What is a uni-polar world? No matter how we beautify this term, it means one single centre of power, one single centre of force and one single master. Vladimir Putin


If there are people who act outside the law, then the state must use legal means to impose law in the interests of majority. That's the way it's done in the U.S., and that's the way it's done in Russia. Vladimir Putin


Politics should not interfere with sports. And sports should impact politics. Vladimir Putin


Between major countries, there certainly always are some common ground and points of tension. Vladimir Putin


In almost any country, probably in Russia in particular, it's fashionable to criticise people in power. If you come out in support of someone like me, you're going to be accused of trying to ingratiate yourself. Vladimir Putin


Cromwell is just as much of a bloody dictator as was Stalin. Vladimir Putin


Russian democracy is the power of the Russian people with their own traditions of national self-government, and not the realisation of standards foisted on us from outside. Vladimir Putin


Demographers affirm that choosing to have a second child is already a potential choice in favour of a third. Vladimir Putin


I am convinced that the norm in Russia should become a family with three children. Vladimir Putin


The Russian parliament has condemned the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. Vladimir Putin


My parents told me that children were taken from their families in 1941, and my mother had a child taken from her - with the goal of saving him. Vladimir Putin


Construction of the first gas pipeline system was started during the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, and for all those years, from the 1960s until this day, Russia has been fulfilling its contract obligations in a very consistent and reliable way, regardless of the political situation. Vladimir Putin


The Russian people have unilaterally made their choice in direction of democracy in the early '90s. They will not be led astray. Nobody should be having any doubts. Vladimir Putin


If you aspire to be a leader of your own country, you must speak your own language, for God's sake. Vladimir Putin


Russia and China are very natural partners. We are neighbors with an immense common border. Vladimir Putin


Why does the world dislike Russia? I do not think that we are unloved or considered to be ignorant. Vladimir Putin


The Declaration on Strategic Partnership between India and Russia signed in October 2000 became a truly historic step. The developments in the first decade of the 21 century confirmed that it was a particularly significant and timely step. Vladimir Putin


China has created very good investment tools, including an entire network of very large funds. The Russian Private Investment Fund works with some of those funds, with China's largest investment funds. Vladimir Putin


The leaders of the world's largest economies agreed during the November 2008 G20 summit not to create barriers hindering global trade and capital flows. Russia shares these principles. Vladimir Putin


The growing economic potential of India and Russia is mutually complementary in many respects. Vladimir Putin


The more I know about people, the more I like dogs. I simply like animals.


A country in which the people are not healthy physically and psychologically, are poorly educated and illiterate, will never rise to the peaks of world civilization.Vladimir Putin


It's better to be hanged for loyalty than be rewarded for betrayal.Vladimir Putin


People are always teaching us democracy but the people who teach us democracy don't want to learn it themselves.Vladimir Putin


It's better not to argue with women.Vladimir Putin


You can do a lot more with weapons and politeness than just politeness.Vladimir Putin


Hitler wanted to destroy Russia- everyone needs to remember how that ended.Vladimir Putin


Europeans are dying out. Don't you understand that? And same-sex marriages don't produce children. Do you want to survive by drawing migrants? But society cannot adapt so many migrants.Vladimir Putin


I'm convinced that a person in my position must provide a positive example to people.Vladimir Putin


If you are a Christian, you are in danger. If you decided to abandon your faith and become an atheist, you also are to be liquidated according to their concept. You are in danger if you decide to become a Muslim. It is not going to save you anyway because they believe traditional Islam is hostile to their goals.Vladimir Putin


The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history.Vladimir Putin


I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.Vladimir Putin


Of course, it's always bad to lose, of course it's always a hardship when you lose to yesterday's miners or yesterday's tractor drivers. But life is life. It'll surely go on.Vladimir Putin


I consider it to be the meaning of my whole life and my obligation to serve my fatherland and our people.Vladimir Putin


Maybe they have nothing else to do in America but to talk about me.Vladimir Putin


Now we are talking about concluding a free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Council, recently established in the post-Soviet space, and China. A similar agreement was concluded a short time ago with Vietnam. Then, we will coordinate, at least we are ready to do this, the Chinese concept of the Silk Road Economic Belt with our newly-created regional organisation. So, do you understand how diverse, multi-faceted and deep Russian-Chinese ties have become over the last couple of decades? And we resolved the border issue.Vladimir Putin


Russian culture is multifaceted and diverse. So if you want to understand, to feel Russia, then of course you need to read books, Tolstoy and Chekhov and Gogol and others. Listen to music. Tchaikovsky. Watch our classical ballet. But the most important thing is that you need to talk with people.Vladimir Putin


From the beginning, we failed to overcome Europe's division. The Berlin Wall fell, but invisible walls were moved to the East of Europe. This has led to mutual misunderstandings and assignments of guilt. They are the cause of all crises ever since.Vladimir Putin


Homosexuals in Russia live in peace, work, are promoted, receive national awards for their achievements in science, art or any other sphere, medals are awarded to them, I have awarded them myself.Vladimir Putin


You know every stage of your life has an impact on you.Vladimir Putin


If Russia's interests and security are threatened, Russia will resist. Everyone needs to know that.Vladimir Putin


Political populism always poses a great danger because it disorients people, creates excessive expectations or, on the contrary, prioritises objectives that are clearly not priorities or are simply impossible to achieve.Vladimir Putin


Besides, does it really matter who hacked Mrs. [Hillary] Clinton's election campaign team database? Does it? What really matters is the content shown to the community. This is what the discussion should be held about.Vladimir Putin


We should all be aware of the fact that when revolutionary - not evolutionary - changes come, things can get even worse. The intelligentsia should be aware of this. And it is the intelligentsia specifically that should keep this in mind and prevent society from radical steps and revolutions of all kinds. We've had enough of it. We've seen so many revolutions and wars. We need decades of calm and harmonious development.Vladimir Putin


I think: the powers like to talk about "freedom" in order to wash the population's brains.Vladimir Putin


They are constantly trying to drive us into a corner because we have an independent position, because we maintain it and because we tell it like it is and don't engage in hypocrisy. But there is a limit to everything. And with Ukraine, our Western partners have crossed the line, playing the bear and acting irresponsibly and unprofessionally.Vladimir Putin


It is not what your supporters, friends or your political adversaries call you that matters. What is important is what you think you must do in the interests of the country, which put you in such position, such post as the Head of the Russian State.Vladimir Putin


Any country is hard to govern, even a very small country. It's not a question of whether the country is large or small. It's a question of how you relate to the work, to what extent you feel responsible for it. Russia is also hard to govern. Russia is at the development stage of both its political system and the creation of a market-based economy. It's a complicated process, but very interesting. Russia, actually, is not just a large country, it's a great country. I mean its traditions, and its cultural particularities.Vladimir Putin


There used to be the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. There used to be Soviet troops in the GDR. And we must honestly admit that they were occupation troops, which remained in Germany after WWII under the guise of allied troops. Now these occupation troops are gone, the Soviet Union has collapsed, and the Warsaw Pact is no more. There is no Soviet threat, but NATO and U.S. troops are still in Europe. What for? Vladimir Putin


Even if we do not always agree on every aspect, nobody should take this as an excuse to declare us as enemies.Vladimir Putin


We will not allow the past to drag us down and stop us from moving ahead. We understand where we should move. Vladimir Putin


Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.Vladimir Putin


It's not considered polite in Russia to count the money in someone else's pocket.Vladimir Putin


Chess makes man wiser and clear-sighted.Vladimir Putin


Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women. If he was homosexual, no one would have lifted a finger against him.Vladimir Putin


It is my greatest desire, I want the people in Russia to be happy and I want our partners around the world to seek to develop relations with Russia.Vladimir Putin


It is simply that we treat Japanese history, the history of the Japanese people and its unique culture with greater respect and interest. This generates enormous interest in Russia!Vladimir Putin


I would like to deal with a person who is able to take responsible decisions and implement the agreements reached. The name [Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton] does not matter.Vladimir Putin


How can I be a gangster, if I worked for the KGB? It is absolutely ridiculous.Vladimir Putin


If you want to become an Islamic radical and have yourself circumcised, I invite you to come to Moscow... I would recommend that he who does the surgery does it so you'll have nothing growing back afterward.Vladimir Putin

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