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Putin says he's confident of long-term Russian growth

Putin says he's confident of long-term Russian growth

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits Austria on Tuesday, and he says he wants to build bridges to Europe.

Putin also accused the USA of fueling a Cold War-style arms race by abandoning key nuclear arms treaties, while expressing hope that the threat of mutual annihilation would continue to play a deterrent role.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope for the North Korea-U.S. summit and urged related countries to provide North Korea with security guarantees.

But much of it is also focused on solving the problems of individual Russians who appeal to Putin on issues ranging from refurbishing a local clinic to fixing someone's home heating.

"It can't be otherwise, particularly after the tragic events in Libya and Iraq", Putin said.

In April, the White House confirmed that Trump and Putin discussed the possibility of meeting at the White House "in the "not-too-distant-future" during a phone call the previous month. The fact that Vienna had declared its readiness to organize a meeting of presidents of Russian Federation and the United States, was also confirmed in the White house.

"It's unacceptable", said Putin.

Interested in Russia? Add Russia as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "The two countries have not revealed a summit date, but depending on the situation, it could come before a summit with the United States", an unnamed South Korean official told Joongang Ilbo.

As reported, the name of Prigogine appears in the report of the special adviser of the FBI Robert Mueller about Russian intervention in the U.S. elections in 2016. Trump has denied any wrongdoing and regularly calls the investigation a "witch hunt".

The Austrian government has also done another major favor for Putin.

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"The Russian military will stay there as long as it is beneficial to Russia and in fulfillment of our global obligations", Putin said during his annual televised "Direct Line" Q&A session.

Putin's 16th call-in marathon, which lasted 4½ uninterrupted hours, provided a window into the president's mind-set - and a prime display of the stagecraft that the Kremlin deploys to boost Putin's image and promote his worldview to Russian households.

The United States, the European Union and other Western allies imposed a slew of sanctions against Moscow over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its support for separatists in eastern Ukraine who are fighting the government.

Prigozhin was sanctioned by the United States in 2016, before Mueller's indictment.

Putin had another "I told you so" message for Russian businessmen, saying he had previously warned them about the risks of keeping their assets overseas, and that they were now being persecuted by countries such as Britain. In December, Mr. Putin announced that Russian Federation would scale down its military presence in the war-torn country, now in its eighth year.

The president, who received around 2 million questions by telephone, text, email and social media, addressed Russians during the three-hour televised event - discussing everything from the meddling in the 2016 US presidential election to a potential third world war. Soros is regularly the subject of right wing conspiracy theories, and has donated to Democratic politicians such as Hillary Clinton. "The Department of State would tell you that it has no relation to that, it's Mr. Soros' private business".

It is preferable to neutralize them in Syria than wait until they come to Russian Federation with weapons, he said.

"With us, it is Mr. Prigozhin's private affair", Putin said.

Representatives from the Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC. "This is my answer".


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