Putin says he talks to Trump regularly

Russian President Putin answers questions from journalists during a joint news conference with Bulgarian PM Borissov following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow

Putin says he talks to Trump regularly

Russian President Vladimir Putin has praised his USA counterpart Donald Trump for his "brave and mature" decision to go ahead with meeting with Kim Jong-un.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he and President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem leader blasts ICE chief for plans to speak to "hate group" Christie: "I have not been asked" to help Trump prepare for Mueller interview Papadopoulos's wife asks Trump to pardon her husband in Mueller probe MORE talk "regularly" over the phone.

"The sanctions and all the restrictions imposed for political reasons. are no way to resolve political issues", Putin said after talks in Vienna with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen.

Coupled with a drop in oil prices, the sanctions contributed to Russia's two-year recession.

"It will be of great significance to planning the development of China-Russia relations and promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields", said Hua.

Putin's visit to Austria, where he has held meetings with Chancellor Kurz of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the nationalist Freedom Party (FPÖ), is his first to Europe since he was re-elected to a fourth term as president. Austria will exert efforts to establish good relations between the EU and Russian Federation during its presidency in the European Council starting July 2018, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz stated on Wednesday in Brussels, during the presentation of Vienna's work agenda for the duration of its presidency to the European Commission, the Austria Press Agency informs.

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood weighs in on Putin's visit to Austria.

Austria will take over the 28-nation EU's rotating presidency for six months in July.

Mr Putin's sixth official visit to the country marks the 50th anniversary of the start of Soviet gas deliveries to the country.

"The more problems at the heart of the European Union, the more risks and problems there are for us".

"In particular, we hope that there will be progress in eastern Ukraine, so that sanctions can be removed step by step in accordance with the Minsk agreement", Kurz said, referring to a 2015 peace accord brokered by Germany and France that, so far, is far from fully implemented.

"Under such circumstances, it makes little sense - viewed from a purely economic point of view - to replace Russian gas with American liquefied gas", he told reporters.

On Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking alongside visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said the pipeline could undermine security in central and eastern Europe.

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