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

When the States already had nuclear weapons, and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels.

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

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

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.

It's alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States.

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.

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

I spend a little time every day to play sports.

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

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.

Nobody should pin their hopes on a miracle.

The United Nations' founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America's consent, the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that in Russia, unlike in one third of the world's countries, being gay is not a crime.

I would prefer to abandon the terminology of the past. 'Superpower' is something which we used during the cold war time. Why use it now?

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

I swim almost every day, a thousand meters.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

Yes, life in Chechnya so far looks more like a life after a natural disaster.

In some of the states in the U.S., homosexuality remains a felony.

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.

Thieves must sit in prison.

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

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

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

We don't need a weakened government but a strong government that would take responsibility for the rights of the individual and care for the society as a whole.

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

If one looks at the map of the world, it's difficult to find Iraq, and one would think it rather easy to subdue such a small country.

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

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

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.

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?

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

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

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

Chechnya is part and parcel of the Russian Federation.

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.

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

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

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this.

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.

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

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

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.'