Vladimir Putin Asks Austrian Leader to Set Up Summit With Donald Trump

Irene MckinneyJun 08, 2018

"The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the worldwide arena that are highly unsafe for modern civilization".

Putin first said in March 2016 that the country's military campaign in Syria was coming to an end.

Putin also compared the trade tariffs announced by President Donald Trump on United States allies to Western sanctions against Russian Federation.

"Our military is there to ensure Russia's interests in an important region of the world", he said.

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.

The president added that cryptocurrency mining is now not regulated by Russian legislation, and that most countries don't use cryptocurrencies as means of payment.

The Kremlin first launched airstrikes in Syria in September 2015 in its biggest Middle East intervention in decades, turning the tide of the conflict in President Bashar al-Assad's favour.

After pressing Putin on Ukraine, Syria, Russian meddling in Europe and why he had never uttered the name of Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, who is now in jail, Wolf used his final question to ask why there were so many Kremlin-approved photos of a half-naked Putin.

The Russian leader said steel tariffs imposed by Washington on other nations amounted to sanctions, and that European countries had never expected they would be affected by such measures.

Putin did, however, say that the West was "making a big mistake", and that such sudden and arbitrary decisions are "counterproductive and damaging for those involved and for the global economy", which would eventually spoil the investment climate in the countries imposing them. "But now we are seeing that this is happening".

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin has warned against turning sports sites for upcoming FIFA World Cup into markets.

President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian businessmen were being persecuted in countries like Britain and that they would be better off in Russia along with their assets. Well, there you go, you've been hit. "Dinner is served. please sit down and eat".

"I still hope that this meeting - a very fearless and mature decision US President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome", Mr Putin told China Media Group.

"I hope that there won't be any provocations but, if it happens, I think it would have very serious consequences for Ukrainian statehood in general", Putin said.

"I warned them that this situation, which we see today, could develop".

"The 13 people indicted are accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the us election that allegedly included running a huge social media campaign from their headquarters in St. Petersburg, dubbed the "'troll farm". "Utter idiocy. You can't describe this as anything other than a joke".

Russian state TV reported the public submitted about 2 million questions during the annual phone-in, which Putin has used since 2001 to position himself as a domestic problem solver and a strong defender of Russia's interests on the global stage.

Critics say the event, being held a week before the World Cup starts, is a stage-managed piece of theater created to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel as if they can influence a bureaucratic, top-down system.

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