Vladimir Putin: Lifting Russia sanctions would benefit all

Mikhail Klimentyev  Presidential press-service  TASS

Mikhail Klimentyev Presidential press-service TASS

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, watches the troops marching as he and Syrian President Bashar Assad visit the Hmeimim air base in Syria, December 11, 2017. "They're sawing the limb that they're sitting on", Putin said.

But Putin said internal US politics could get in the way of a planned summit with Trump, referencing the congressional elections in November.

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the United States will have to offer North Korea solid security guarantees if it wants to strike a denuclearization deal.

Russian state TV reported the public submitted about 2 million questions during the annual phone-in, which Putin has used since 2001 to position himself as a domestic problem solver and a strong defender of Russia's interests on the global stage. You've been hit. Dinner is served.

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

Russian Federation began its military operation in Syria in 2015, tipping the civil war in favor of President Bashar al-Assad.

Putin, making his first foreign trip since being sworn in for a fourth term, said the restrictions are "harmful for everyone - those who initiated them and those who are targeted by them". "We are not building long-term facilities there and if needed we could fairly quickly withdraw our troops without material losses", he said.

"We are far more interested in the European Union being united and flourishing because the European Union is our most important trading and economic partner". However, since then already poor ties between Washington and Moscow have deteriorated further over the conflict in Syria and the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.

Over the weekend, Strache - whose party in 2016 signed a cooperation agreement with the main Kremlin party, United Russia - said it was time to lift sanctions against Russia.

The Russian president issued a stern warning to Ukraine not to undertake any attacks on Moscow-backed separatists in the eastern part of the country during the upcoming soccer World Cup.

"I hope that there won't be any provocations, but if it happens I think it would have very serious consequences for Ukrainian statehood in general", he said.

During his four hour-plus Q & A in Moscow on Thursday, Putin was asked which world leaders he addresses using the informal version of you - "ty" - as opposed to the formal 'vy'.

The 65-year-old politician used the event last year to pledge to eradicate spiraling poverty, fielding nearly 70 questions in just under four hours in an event that Kremlin watchers often liken to a tsar listening to his petitioners.

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