Putin: Russia has no plans for Syria pullout yet

Putin signs law on countermeasures against US & its allies

Mikhael Klimentyev Sputnik

Putin, who won a landslide re-election victory in March, has taken part in the annual phone-in since 2001, using it to cast himself as a decisive troubleshooter on the home front and as a staunch defender of Russia's interests on the world stage.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria June 5, 2018. Nobody wanted to listen, and nobody did anything to stop this from developing. "We are on track for durable growth in the economy", he said in opening remarks to two moderators introducing questions from the public.

President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the USA indictment of 13 Russians in a television interview broadcast Monday, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with a us presidential election.

Critics say the event, being held a week before the World Cup starts, is a stage-managed piece of theatre created to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel as if they can influence a bureaucratic, top-down system.

The nuclear powered weapon systems - drone submarine and cruise missile of global range - will be put into service "on schedule", Putin said, adding that he had "no doubts" about this as the propulsion systems have been already developed and successfully tested.

"It's high time that we end these wretched sanctions and normalize our political and economic relations with Russia", Mr. Strache, Austria's deputy chancellor, told Austrian newspaper "Österreich".

"But for the moment, we need them there, they are carrying out important tasks, including providing security for Russian Federation in the region, and helping our interests in the economic sphere".

Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been released after spending weeks in hospital. "If a military agent would have been used against these people, these people would die on the spot within seconds or minutes. That means we are dealing with something different".

"How low the Western information and political environment has fallen if a restaurateur from Russian Federation could influence elections in the United States or a European country", Putin said.

Lacking a Russian passport, Barakat said she can not bring into the country her husband and three children, who are still living in Syria and whom she has not seen in two years.

"Don't lie", the Russian president said.

"I don't think that any other country will develop such weapon [as Avangard]".

"They have begun to understand what a present-day armed conflict looks like, how important are communications, intelligence and interaction between different units and formations and how important it is to secure operation of the space group, the air force and the ground force, including special operations", Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law counter-sanctions legislation that was drawn up by lawmakers in response to USA sanctions imposed on Russia in April.

Russia's state-owned news outlet RT seized on the interview, saying Putin "deflected lunges" from the interviewer who asked about Russian election meddling.

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