Russia will be working for universal nuclear disarmament, but it is ready to develop new non-nuclear weapons in response to their emergence in other countries, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the worldwide discussion club Valdai on Thursday, TASS reports. Her mother, Lyudmila Narusova, sits in the upper house of the Russian parliament.
Putin said U.S. -Russia relations were in a lamentable state, referencing an "unprecedented" anti-Russian campaign in the United States, the closure of Russian diplomatic facilities there and pressure on Russian media by U.S. authorities.
Sobchak's name first surfaced last month when a Kremlin source said she would be an "ideal" candidate to challenge Vladimir Putin in the March 18, 2018, vote. Sobchak's presidential ambitions have been well-known, with her friends saying she opted to run in earnest after initially considering it as a part of a political show.
"This is a loathsome Kremlin game that goes by the title of 'let's put a liberal laughing-stock up for the elections in order to distract attention, '" Navalny said.
History shows us, the presenter writes, that elections controlled by authoritarian governments "have turned into reasons and tool for an authentic democratic change". He said Russian Federation is also working on such weapons. Both Navalny and his chief of staff, Leonid Volkov, are serving 20 days in jail on protest-related charges.
After graduating from the prestigious MGIMO university in Moscow, she became a nationwide celebrity when she hosted a Russian reality TV show called Dom 2. "He said that everyone has the right to make their own decisions and that they must accept responsibility for them", she said.
Peskov neither confirmed nor denied the reports that at a meeting with Sobchak, Vladimir Putin expressed dissatisfaction over her plans to run for president.
Navalny, Putin's top critic, has also announced his intention to run in the election and over the past months has travelled around the country seeking to rally supporters.
Sobchak said her candidacy should be considered as an "against all candidates" alternative, inviting all political forces to take on the current Russian establishment.
Putin has not yet officially announced that he will stand for reelection, but most analysts him expect him to seek a new, six-year term.
Asked at a forum of foreign policy experts if Russian Federation is annoyed with Trump's unpredictability, Putin said that it's linked to a "strong resistance inside the country".
When rumors about Sobchak's intentions first appeared recently, Russia's most popular opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, warned her on YouTube that she would play into the Kremlin's hands if she enters the race. Sobchak has not commented on the allegation. "She is a Russian citizen who, according to the Constitution, may run for president, naturally, after the completion of all necessary procedures and formalities, which are also spelt out in our laws". Putin won with almost 64 percent of the vote, while Prokhorov polled 8 percent.
Sobchak, who has not announced her campaign team, will have to gather at least 300,000 signatories across at least 40 regions by January 6, 2018, to secure the right to run in the election.
Mr Navalny has declared his intention to run for president, even though a criminal conviction that he calls politically motivated, bars him from running.