Putin scoffs at U.S. indictment of Russians in campaign probe

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President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russian Federation was not planning to withdraw its forces from Syria for now, and would keep them there for as long as it was in Russia's interest, reports Reuters.

Putin also said there was no need for any major military operations in Syria involving Russia's armed forces and that Russian Federation could leave the country quickly if necessary.

When talking about his impressions of Xi, he said: "I've never established such relations or made such arrangements with another foreign colleague as I have with President Xi". "We are not building long-term facilities there".

Putin and Trump spoke briefly at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam last November, and had two encounters during the G-20 summit in Germany last July.

"I believe this approach is mistaken", he said. 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.

He also blasted the US' decision in 2001 to pull out of the Antiballistic Missile Treaty with Russian Federation as an attempt at disrupting "strategic parity".

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.

"This pressure will end when our partners become convinced that the methods used by them are ineffective, counterproductive and harmful to all", Putin said Thursday. Nobody wanted to listen, and nobody did anything to stop this from developing.

The Austrian government has also done another major favor for Putin.

According to Russian state news agency TASS, Putin told Chinese reporters on Wednesday that his government would work to negotiate jointly with USA and North Korean officials, and suggested that the global community agree to help North Korea's economic development in exchange for denuclearization.

Putin will get to showcase Russian Federation beginning next week, as the country begins hosting the World Cup.

"Our national team has not demonstrated strong results recently, but the number of fans of this handsome sport here is massive; it's in the millions".

"It falls within the remit of the Russian president to grant citizenship, you'll get it", he told her, after saying she would ask the defence ministry to bring her relatives to Russia.

The pace of Trump-Putin calls is roughly equivalent to the number of phone calls Obama held with Putin in his final two years in office.

"I highly value the fact that Putin's administration strictly opposes US dominance", Kim told Lavrov, according to North Korean state media.

"Complete nonsense. I can only take it as a joke", he said, saying it was the same as the US allegations that Russian Federation had influenced the 2016 election. "Utter idiocy. You can't describe this as anything other than a joke".