Thursday, 16 August, 2018

New hypersonic missiles guarantee parity with US, Vladimir Putin says

Inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin Putin Says He Shares Trump's Concern Over Possible Arms Race Press-service of the Russian President
Faye Gross | 08 June, 2018, 08:18

"Russia, of all countries, is not interested in it because North Korea is our neighbor", Putin said, according to a transcript of the interview published by the Russian presidency.

"I still hope that this meeting - a very fearless and mature decision US President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome", Mr Putin told China Media Group.

He emphasized that his meeting with Mr. Trump would be important as an opportunity to discuss arms control and preventing a new arms race.

After Tuesday's talks, the managers of Russia's state-controlled gas giant Gazprom and Austria's OMV signed an agreement on Russian natural gas supplies through 2040, a deal Putin said highlights the two nations' "significant contribution to energy security in Europe".

In February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians for allegedly impersonating Americans and contacting "unwitting" Trump campaign officials in an attempt to tilt the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

Putin also accused the USA of upsetting the strategic nuclear balance, and said nobody should take any hasty steps: "The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us".

Mr. Putin has even called Mr. Kurz a "friend" and, given Europe's mounting anger with Mr. Trump, the Russian leader has spotted a chance to drive a wedge between the European Union and the US.

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Putin also addressed the possibility for a summit between Russian Federation and the United States, saying it depends on America's "internal political situation".

"If we take this together with an earlier joke, that Russian Federation influenced elections in the United States, then this all taken together, starts sounding pretty amusing", he said.

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.

For Putin, the state visit provided the friendliest of platforms for a charm offensive.

Putin told ORF that the Russian government has no connection to Prigozhin's activities.

Putin dispensed with his usual studio audience this year, fielding questions asked by text and video. "But now let me ask you: do you really think that a person who is in the restaurant business, even if this person has some hacking opportunities and owns a private firm engaged in this activity - I do not even know what he does - could use it to sway elections in the United States or a European country?"

Putin said earlier that he was determined to abide by the Russian Constitution, which forbids more than two presidential terms in a row. Ask the State Department why he is doing this. With us, it is Mr. Prigozhin's private affair. "Are you satisfied with it?"

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