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Dimitri Peskov
Dimitri Peskov
Dimitri Peskov

In a HARDtalk interview first broadcast on 18 February 2008, Stephen Sackur talks to the spokesman for President Vladimir Putin, Dimitri Peskov.

The Ukrainian President visited Moscow for crisis talks to stop Russia from carrying out its threat to cut off gas supplies, while the US scrambled fighter jets in response to a Russian bomber flying over one of their aircraft carriers in the Pacific.

These two headlines from the past week show how Russia's power is once more perceived as an international threat.

The man who speaks for President Putin is Dimitri Peskov.

Stephen Sackur asks him why Russia is grandstanding on the international stage and whether, despite the upcoming Presidential elections, Vladimir Putin will continue to be the most powerful man in Russia.

HARDtalk is broadcast on BBC World at 04:30h GMT, 09:30h GMT, 14:30h GMT, 21:30h GMT and 23:30h GMT.

Hardtalk can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30h & 23:30h.

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