Russia: ‘Can I finish what I’m saying?’ — Putin switches to German to shoot down interrupting Austrian journo

SOT, Armin Wolf, Austrian journalist (German): “Mr. [Evgeny] Prigozhin is not only engaged in the restaurant business. He has many firms that have contracts with the Russian Ministry of Defence and receive many state orders. He spends millions of dollars on 'troll factory' to produce posts in social networks. Why does a restaurateur need it?» SOT, Armin Wolf, Austrian journalist (German): «But... Еще you know him very well.» SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (Russian): «So what? I know many people in St. Petersburg and in Moscow. You’d better ask them.» SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (German): «Please be so good as to let me say something.» SOT, Armin Wolf, Austrian journalist (German): «I don’t want to interrupt you but you’re talking about the Black Sea Fleet I’m talking about uniformed troops without any distinguishing marks, you said they were Crimeans but they were Russian troops.» SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (German): “Thank you very much for your attention.” SOT, Armin Wolf, Austrian journalist (German): «Thank you very much for this talk.» SOT, Vladimir Putin, Russian President (German): «Thank you.» Russian President Vladimir Putin showed off his language skills when he was forced to switch to German after being repeatedly interrupted by Armin Wolf, a news presenter at the Austrian public broadcaster ORF, during an interview in Moscow on Monday, on the eve before his working visit to Austria. «One second, let me finish, don’t rush me otherwise you won’t have an interview but a one-sided monologue. Can I finish what I’m saying?» the Russian President said after being interrupted, before seamlessly switching to German, saying: «Please be so good as to let me say something.» In the wide-ranging interview, Putin was repeatedly challenged on topics such as Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over eastern Ukraine, and the future sovereignty of Crimea. Wolf is regarded as 'one of Europe's most skilled (and feared) political journalists' by Politico magazine. An extended version of the interview can be found here: https://ruptly.tv/vod/20180605-006

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