Putin praises ‘mature’ Donald Trump over North Korea summit


Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony to bestow state awards on military personnel who fought in Syria, at the Kremlin in Moscow on December 28, 2017.

He used a national televised call-in show to once again call attention to the modernisation of Russia's strategic weapons, mentioning in particular the new "Avant-garde" missile capable of changing direction and altitude, which Putin said would make it unstoppable.

The Russian president said he had warned in a speech in Munich in 2007 about a growing USA sense of exceptionalism and the risk of it imposing its own rules on other countries.

'You have just said that Mr Prigozhin is referred to as 'Putin's chef, ' Putin said.

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has called for sanctions against Russian Federation to be lifted, but the conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his party, which control Austria's European Union policy, have said Austria will toe the European Union line. We see and understand what is going on in Iraq.

"But when you look at Trump's behavior patterns, his unwillingness ever to criticize Vladimir Putin, his slow-rolling sanctions, his unwillingness to create problems with Russian Federation, even though as he attacks North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, disrupts the relations with the E.U.", Peters continued.

On the global front, Putin also took the opportunity to say that Russian Federation would remain in Syria for as long as it was beneficial to Moscow.

"They are temporary but we will keep them there while it is necessary and is required by our economic interests", he said.

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"If they were poisoned by military-grade poison, why did they not die?" he said.

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In interviews with two major European newspapers, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lifted the veil on the plans of his country's EU presidency, which starts on 1 July.

According to Putin, the best jokes he's heard recently were claims about Donald Trump "pushing Europe into Putin's arms" and about Russia's alleged meddling in United States elections.

"One of the very well-known publishers in Germany wrote that President [Donald] Trump is pushing Europe into Putin's hands", he said.

"As I spoke in my address, it is still early to speak about this but soon we will tell about that", Russia's supreme commander-in-chief said.

In December previous year, Putin made a surprise visit to Russia's Hmeimim airbase in Latakia, Syria where he ordered a partial pullout of the country's troops, saying their mission there was mainly completed. "If you put it together with an earlier joke that Russian Federation had influenced the USA election, all in all it sounds quite amusing: We have allegedly meddled with the presidential election in the USA and Trump as a thank you has presented us with Europe". He added, however, that he could pull them out of the country quickly if necessary.