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Putin reviews domestic policies, warns West on Syria

(Xinhua)

11:00, September 07, 2012

MOSCOW, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken an opportunity to review his domestic and foreign polices since returning to the Kremlin by giving an interview to a local TV channel which aired it on Thursday.

In the run-up to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, Putin gave an interview to Russia Today (RT) TV channel.

The president answered questions from anchor Kevin Owen, covering major issues of domestic and international concerns, including politics, economy and international issues such as the Syrian crisis.

On the upcoming APEC summit in Vladivostok, Putin highlighted the strategic importance of the Far East region to the country and underscored Moscow's willingness to further facilitate integration in the Asia-Pacific region.

Meanwhile, Russia was prepared for a second global financial crisis, as the country had gained experience and reserved instruments for crisis management, Putin said, adding that 200 billion rubles (6.2 billion U.S. dollars) would be allocated to the government fund to cover the budget deficit.

Putin defended reform measures such as internet supervision rules aimed at protecting children from online pornography, and some "seemingly tough" measures toward the opposition, saying he did what he thought was right "for the country and its people."

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