Putin puts off his annual press conferences

President Vladimir Putin has decided to postponed his 12th annual press conference by a day
Putin puts off his annual press conferences
21 December 10:52 2016 Print This Article

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take part in the mourning ceremony for Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov who was assassinated in Ankara, moving back his annual press conference by a day, to Friday, Dec. 23, Kremlin press service said on Wednesday.

Karlov was shot killed at an art gallery exhibition opening in Ankara on Monday. The Russian Foreign Ministry said it considered the attack a terrorist act.

“Due to the fact that the last respects and the funeral of the murdered Russian Ambassador Andrey Karlov will be held on Thursday, the President decided to hold a large annual press conference [on Friday, December 23],” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

he Putin’s annual press conference is held since 2001. In 2008-2012 it was suspended, when Putin became Russia’s Prime Minister. The Q&A sessions were reintroduced in 2012 after Mr Putin was re-elected President of Russia.


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