The Russian leader revealed to the world the true state of his country's advanced research into hypersonic and drone weaponry that he said was in response to the U.S. pulling out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, a move that President Putin decried as jeopardizing the strategic parity between the world's two most powerful nuclear-armed states.
The constitution bars him from serving more than two presidential terms in a row. Putin, Russia's longest-serving leader since Stalin, dismissed this. "I would like to cooperate with these people and I am ready for this".
He said he had been thinking about his potential successor since 2000. The Russian president replied in the negative, and added that he never tweets.
Putin will run against a motley crew of seven challengers, with his top critic Alexei Navalny barred from contesting the poll because of a criminal conviction his supporters call punishment for challenging the strongman.
Kelly said, "I would not say that Putin likes Trump. Anyone can be pardoned if he deserves it.". The TV presenter asked if the Russian president could "pardon" Alexey Navalny, so that he could compete in elections.
"What do I like in principle?"
He added that Russian Federation and the United States should sit down and talk things over in order to get them straight, according to a Kremlin transcript of the interview.
"But it's not enough for the country's positive development". Even that needs to be checked.
Intelligence officials said initially that they could not respond until they had a clearer picture of the scale and scope of Russia's interference.
He has also been linked to a hugely secretive private military company, dubbed Wagner, whose mercenaries fight in Syria and were involved in a direct clash with USA troops there in early February. 'Don't get ahead of us, ' she warned him. "That's his personal initiative", Putin said.
Vladimir Putin said he "couldn't care less" about the charges of election meddling against more than a dozen Russian nationals, insisting it was not a Kremlin-directed effort. "I don't care. I couldn't care less". We had a strong sense of the Hippocratic Oath: Do no harm, ' said the participant.