Putin Expects Sanctions To Be Lifted, Relations With West Improved

Putin signs law on countermeasures against US & its allies

Russian troops will remain in Syria as long as Moscow thinks it's necessary, but Russia isn't building permanent facilities in the only Middle East country where it has a military foothold, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday in his annual marathon call-in show. USA and Russian officials haven't discussed specifics yet. Putin denied Russia's involvement.

President Vladimir Putin on Monday downplayed suggestions Russian Federation was seeking to disrupt the European Union's cohesion, saying it was in his country's interests for the bloc to remain "united and prosperous".

"We have continued our cooperation even during hard times", Kurz said after talks with Putin. "They see Russian Federation as a threat".

Abe doesn't want Trump to strike a compromise that would leave Japan exposed to shorter-range missiles that do not threaten the US mainland.

When asked about Russia's ongoing military campaign in Syria, Putin argued Russia's military had gained valuable experience from participating in the Syrian conflict but seemed to walk back earlier repeated calls for a large-scale withdrawal of Russian forces.

"And I'd often our American friends say: America has nothing to do with how the state..."

"We see is as positive news that the closed part of the budget allocates additional 97.4 billion rubles ($1.57 billion) for weapons development and additional 47 billion rubles for support of the auto industry and agricultural machinery building".

Trump "pushing Europe into Putin's hands".

Both the West and Russian Federation have expelled more than 150 diplomats on each side over the issue. "In the final analysis, I believe that one way or another our relations will normalize". "Instead of restraining whoever, it would be better to establish constructive cooperation, and then the overall effect on the global economy would be positive".

The Russian leader also praised Trump for a "courageous and mature" decision to meet with Kim, but noted that Pyongyang would want "absolute security guarantees" to abandon its nuclear bid. The steel tariffs on leading European nations - justified by Mr. Trump on national security grounds - are showing EU leaders that trying to appease Washington doesn't work.

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Oleg Sentsov, a vocal opponent of Russia's annexation of his native Crimea, was convicted of conspiracy to commit terror attacks in 2015 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

"It appears our partners thought that this would never affect them, this counterproductive politics of restrictions and sanctions", said Putin. No one wanted to listen, and no one wanted to do anything to stop these tendencies.

Mr. Putin also faced a question reflecting widespread fears that the government was planning a crackdown on social media sites to quash political dissent.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed last week that Putin was interested in meeting with Kim, possibly because of the economic potential of a more capitalistic North Korea, which shares a border with Russian Federation.

In his previous interview with ORF, Putin said Russian Federation is interested in a united and prosperous European Union, as the bloc is Russia's largest trading partner.

"Our national team has not demonstrated strong results recently, but the number of fans of this lovely sport here is massive; it's in the millions. Federal Chancellor for a really friendly, very open atmosphere that was created for our joint work today", Putin said during the opening ceremony of the "Old Masters From the Hermitage" exhibition organized by the Russian State Hermitage Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

"Before he became a candidate or president, Donald Trump was the flawless target for Russian intelligence".

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

In early 2017, the USA intelligence community found that Putin directed his intelligence services to meddle in the presidential election, and assessed that "Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the United States presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes".

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