Trump Believed Ukraine Conspiracy Because ‘Putin Told Me’


"It's simply a continuation of internal political struggle", Putin said. "The party that lost the election (2016), the Democratic Party, tries to get results in other ways".

The EU slapped sanctions on Russian Federation in July and September 2014 in response to an alleged role that Russian Federation had played in conflicts in Eastern Ukraine and then extended them several times.

At his annual televised question-and-answer session by journalists and citizens around the country, Putin was asked about what he meant to do before the end of Trump's presidency to strengthen dialog with the US, in particular regarding START (the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty).

And the state-sponsored Rossiya 1 news channel, which airs Soloviev's show, recently broadcast segments of Rudolph W. Giuliani's interview with right-wing channel One America News, in which the president's personal attorney promoted debunked conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 usa presidential election.

The house charged Trump with abuse of power and legal disability on Wednesday night. The House also approved a second article that he obstructed Congress in its investigation.

"One former senior White House official said Trump even stated so explicitly at one point, saying he knew Ukraine was the real culprit because 'Putin told me, ' " the Post reports.

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He said that Russian Federation is ready to extend the treaty with the United States, which expires in 2021, but Washington has yet to respond. -Russian arms control deal will remove the final barrier stemming an arms race.

Putin told television channel Rossia 1 that his response at the annual press conference past Thursday on political reforms should be considered an intention, but still needs to be reviewed in more depth.

Putin - who will shortly mark 20 years since Boris Yeltsin dramatically handed him the presidency at first of 2000 - confronted the media with Russian Federation nonetheless remoted internationally and hypothesis rising about his personal plans when his mandate ends in 2024.

He also wouldn't answer questions about extend his rule by shifting into a new governing position, such as head of a union between Russian Federation and ally Belarus.

Putin used similar discussion points as Trump on Thursday to discuss the impeachment of the United States president. He was re-elected again in 2012 and in 2018.

He said he was open to tweaking presidential term limits, suggesting they could be changed to limit anyone's ability to serve more than two terms. But European and Asian leaders were so eager to welcome Russia into the family of free nations - and to buy Russian gas and oil - that they looked the other way as Putin consolidated his power and his opponents started turning up dead.