'I told you so,' Putin tells Europe on US trade tariffs

08 June, 2018, 01:53 | Author: Angelina Schmidt
  • Inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin's 16th call-in marathon, which lasted 4½ uninterrupted hours, provided a window into the president's mind-set - and a prime display of the stagecraft that the Kremlin deploys to boost Putin's image and promote his worldview to Russian households.

As Vladimir Putin tried to answer as numerous 2 million questions from Russians he could in four and a half hours, personal answers served as interjections to sharp commentary about Russia's complex relationship with the West.

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 and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn about people's real problems.

The leader of the far-right Freedom Party, which has a cooperation agreement with Putin's United Russia party, called this weekend for sanctions to be lifted. "They see Russian Federation as a threat".

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However, the "Downtown Abbey" writer knows that the process to change the legislation would not be easy. The family will likely gather on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, after the procession on the Mall.

"Experts are already discussing this".

Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been released after spending weeks in hospital.

Putin was responding to a question about special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations in February.

"If, as Britain claims, a military-grade agent was used against these people, they would've died in a matter of minutes or seconds".

"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 said during his annual televised call-in show.

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In the second, lawmakers debated making it a crime punishable by jail for a Russian citizen to comply with the USA sanctions. Soros is known for making $1 billion on a bet against the British pound in 1992. "Well, here it's Mr.

He also described the US' withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty as "an attempt to break the strategic parity", noting that the new weapons systems being adopted by the Russian military will help preserve this parity. "It is already past time we sat at the negotiating table and not only thought about but developed a modern system of worldwide and European security that corresponds to today's" needs, he said.

According to Putin, the best jokes he's heard recently were claims about Donald Trump "pushing Europe into Putin's arms" and about Russia's alleged meddling in United States elections. "We apparently influenced the election of the USA president, and then he gifted us Europe".

Putin continued to deny any Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections with the intent of helping U.S. President Donald Trump win the vote. He added, however, that he could pull them out of the country quickly if necessary. "Complete nonsense", Putin remarked, noting that such a statement can only be regarded as a joke.

Putin's interview with Austrian news presenter Armin Wolf grew heated when Wolf asked about allegations that Putin had meddled in the domestic politics of other countries.

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