John Key won't raise Pussy Riot with Putin
Sat, 08 Sep 2012 10:55a.m.
By Political Editor Duncan Garner in Vladivostok
Prime Minister John Key won't be raising the issue of Pussy Riot when he meets Russian President Vladimir Putin tonight.
The trio from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred by a Moscow court last month after belting out a profanity-laced anti Putin song on the altar of Moscow's main cathedral in February.
They were sentenced to two years in prison but Russia's human rights ombudsman says the sentences are excessive.
Mr Key says he has just 30 minutes with Mr Putin tonight and he'd rather talk about the free trade agreement New Zealand is negotiating with Russia and Russia's position of supporting the Syrian Government.
"I have just thirty minutes so we have a lot to talk about – it's unlikely we will get to talk about Pussy Riot," says Mr Key.
John Key also says he doesn't understand Russia's support of the Syrian Government given the killings that are occurring.
Russia promised to veto any sanctions against the Syrian Government put before the UN Security Council and promoted by Western countries.
Mr Key says he'd rather talk trade and Syria than focus on Pussy Riot. "We just won't get the time," he says.
Mr Key also says there is a lack of momentum around Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement of 11 countries at this APEC because of the absence of US President Barack Obama.
There will be no formal meeting or photo opportunity given to the 11 countries this weekend because of Mr Obama's absence.
The TPP faces new pressure as China and Russia look to kick-start trade talks with other countries in the region.
Both China and Russia have refused to join the American led TPP.
Mr Key says by tonight he will also have "a pretty good steer" from Putin over whether Russia is keen to sign a free trade agreement with New Zealanad. Mr Key said yesterday New Zealand wants a deal but it's now up to Putin to decide and to "show leadership".
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1/11/2012 9:32:52 p.m.
Cris Fulton wrote:
The makes the prime minister the biggest pussy of them all.
10/09/2012 6:09:56 p.m.
O.M.G. imagine Putin asking if David Bain was getting compo.I despair at the intelligence of some of the comments. Time was precious.Get it.
10/09/2012 12:21:53 a.m.
What Pussy Riot did was offensive to the church. They deserve somepunishment for what they did. Who are we to interfere.
9/09/2012 3:00:38 p.m.
New Orpheus wrote:
At least he does not say he is happy Putin sent Pussy to the prison
9/09/2012 1:47:56 p.m.
I want a new Lada wrote:
Forget about Pussy Riot - I've been waiting for some new Ladas to reach NZ! How about it Mr Key - butter in exchange for Ladas, like the old days? Had some fun times in my old Lada Niva.
9/09/2012 9:05:04 a.m.
Sold the rights of women all over the world down the river in the
hope of selling a few tonnes of butter. Shameful. Perhaps there'll be a NZ pussy Riot come election time...
9/09/2012 8:01:24 a.m.
Let him have his moment of glory
8/09/2012 4:26:04 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
John Key should have started a petition weeks ago called "Save Pussy or there will be a Riot".I would have signed it.He could have just presented Mr Putin with the petition, would have only taken a minute or so!!!
8/09/2012 4:16:28 p.m.
Key will be Putin in Vladimir's hands. John is hardly likely to get pushy with Stalin's successor in relation to Syria, free trade or Pussy Riot. In fact Mr Key is likely to be Pussy Quiet when it comes to meeting the great dictator. And from Vladimir's perspective he is likely to have little interest in a flightless kiwi given that he just flown with the birds.
8/09/2012 1:55:36 p.m.
Mr Almost. Almost got a deal with Russia. Almost sold assets. Almost went to the funeral. Almost knows what he's doing.
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