George Stephanopoulos on Vladimir Putin Interview

Stephanopoulos is the first U.S. TV journalist to talk to the Russian president before the Olympics.
3:00 | 01/17/14

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Transcript for George Stephanopoulos on Vladimir Putin Interview
We turn to george. As we mentioned he is in sochi sitting down with russian president vladimir putin for an an exclusive interview. We had a chance to talk to george right before the interview began. Hey, josh, you know, president putin has been on something of a personal crusade to make sure the games are safe and successful and reached out to give his first american broadcast in years and so many problems. Putin has put the entire region on a security lockdown. You see the checkpoints everywhere. They're also working furiously to make sure the city is finished in time for the games a couple of weeks away. You see the construction all around us for what has been far and away the most expensive olympics ever and, of course, we'll be asking president putin about all the controversy over russia's anti-gay propaganda laws. President obama has said he's permanently offended by these laws and underscored that point by appointing prominent gay americans like billie jean king to his olympic delegation. We'll talk to president putin about that and I should say before we go, this snow is good news for everyone here. Sochi is in a relatively warm climate for a winter olympics. But president putin has guaranteed there will be snow. Today at least he's right.

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