Putin brags that he ‘regularly’ speaks to Trump on the phone

08 June, 2018, 08:18 | Author: Carlos George
  • Russia 'not trying to split EU', says Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) attends his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, June 7, 2018.

"Indeed, he runs a restaurant business, it is his job; he is a restaurant keeper in St Petersburg", Putin said.

He said that in a recent phone call: "Donald said he was anxious about the possibility of a new arms race".

Moscow retaliated in kind but Putin has repeatedly said the sanctions were ineffective and counter-productive.

"It appears our partners thought that this would never affect them, this counterproductive politics of restrictions and sanctions". Nobody wanted to listen, and nobody did anything to stop this from developing.

Putin's visit to Austria, where he has held meetings with Chancellor Kurz of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the nationalist Freedom Party (FPÖ), is his first to Europe since he was re-elected to a fourth term as president.

The presentation lasted for four hours and 26 minutes, and aired on Russian state TV.

Russia's state-owned news outlet RT seized on the interview, saying Putin "deflected lunges" from the interviewer who asked about Russian election meddling.

"You need to find out who these officials are", Putin told Governor Sergey Zhvachkin after the head of the Tomsk region blamed a mother's problems obtaining land for her family on poorly informed officials. "I don't think other countries will develop such a weapon in the coming years ... we already have it".

Putin didn't fire any of his governors on live television, as some Russian journalists had speculated he might.

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, right, shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Who is going to help them overseas?"

During the visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin will hold small- and large-scale talks, meet the press together, attend signing ceremonies and welcome banquets, and exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in key areas, and other worldwide and regional issues of common concern, said Hua.

Putin dispensed with his usual studio audience this year, fielding questions asked by text and video.

When asked about accusations of Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which USA intelligence agencies have determined to be true, Putin dismissed the allegations as a "joke". "One can't call this anything else but a joke".

CALL ME DONALD: 'In a recent telephone conversation, Donald said he was anxious about the possibility of a new arms race.

"So, we influenced the USA elections, and he gifted us Europe in return?" he asked.

Seconds later, Putin was asked what piece of advice from his father would he like to pass on to his grandchildren.

Noting that, of course, English has no such distinction, the Russian president did say that in other languages such as French (which has "tu" and "vous") and German (with "du" and "Sie") such subtleties can turn deferential negotiation into a friendly chat.

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