Putin: Mueller Indictments Of Russians Driven By U.S

Joann Johnston
June 8, 2018

"We decide pragmatically whether to cooperate with someone politically", Putin said when asked in the interview about United Russia's ties with far-right parties.

Putin boasted that he warned of the growing risk of the USA imposing its rules on other countries in a 2007 speech in Munich, saying, "Nobody wanted to listen and nobody did anything to stop this from developing".

But there is one friend of Russian Federation that Putin would never use the "ty" form with: Milos Zeman, the 73-year-old President of the Czech Republic.

"Everybody has an interest in getting the sanctions lifted, us too", Putin said.

"It appears our partners thought that this would never affect them, this counterproductive politics of restrictions and sanctions", he said.

The project has been highly contentious among European Union member states due to the fact that it skirts Ukraine and Poland en route to the European Union and because of what members see as a risky dependence on gas from Russian Federation. "The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the global arena that are highly unsafe for modern civilization". "When I am on vacation I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that", said Putin.

"Indeed, Donald Trump and I have, firstly, met a couple of times at various global venues", Putin said according to an official transcript available on the Kremlin's website. Vienna also declined to expel Russian diplomats over Moscow's supposed involvement in the Skripal poisoning. "No amount of military exercise could compare with the use of force in combat conditions", the Russian president said. "That means we are dealing with something different".

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He also said that the Syrian campaign had allowed Russian Federation "to adapt [advanced weaponry] to the needs of the battlefield".

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in March on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury.

As Putin said, "the understanding of the fact that World War III might become the end of the current civilization" should keep the world powers from rash and risky actions on the global arena.

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.

Putin said awareness that a third world war would be the "end of today's civilization as we know it" would be enough to prevent "radical and risky global actions". Putin announced last December he would reduce Russia's military presence there.

"So, we influenced the USA elections, and he gifted us Europe in return?" he asked. "Complete nonsense", Putin remarked, noting that such a statement can only be regarded as a joke.

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