Putin Praises Trump, Assails Sanctions, Vows To Defend 'Great Power' Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin touted his personal relationship with President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out "subversion" at VA MORE on Wednesday, saying that he has "no disappointment" in the two leaders' communications so far.

He lavished US President Donald Trump with praise, describing him as a great communicator and a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor.

Relations between the two Cold War-foes have been frosty after the USA intelligence community said Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and a number of congressional panels have launched probes into whether Trump campaign associates helped.

"We are a great power, and no one likes competition", said Putin, noting his dismay at reported U.S. involvement in Ukraine's 2014 protests that led to the ouster of Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves", he added.

"It's possible to negotiate with him, to search for compromises", Putin said during an interview with Russian state television, the Associated Press reported.

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He also noted that he spent some time talking to Melania Trump when he sat next to her during an official dinner at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July.

"I made some exaggerations", he said. At a time when Russian Federation is seeking to expand its role in world affairs-often at the expense of US initiatives-Putin called Washington's new, sprawling list of sanctions on Iran and North Korea "incompetent".

Four American senators submitted a letter addressed to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday, urging him to hold talks with Russian Federation on strategic issues and extension of the New START Treaty following President Putin's statements.

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russian Federation will retain the status of a great power, including in the defense industry, if innovation becomes the main driver of development.

Crimea became a Russian region after the referendum that was held there in March 2014, at which the majority of Crimean residents voted for reunification with Russia. He added starkly: "Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world. But as a citizen of Russia and the head of the Russian state, I would ask: What is such a world for, if there were no Russia?" Back in 1999, the Russian economy by PPP was worth only $620 billion, but that has increased by 600 percent in the last 18 years.

Mr Skripal was convicted in 2006 of passing state secrets to MI6 before being given refuge in the United Kingdom as part of a spy swap.