Putin brags that he ‘regularly’ speaks to Trump on the phone

Inauguration of Russian President Vladimir Putin

"The introduction of United States tariffs on steel, on aluminum, not only for Europe but also for Canada and Mexico, are sanctions disguised in other terms", said Putin, noting that both Donald Trump's recent tariffs, and the long-standing sanctions against Moscow over alleged election meddling and Ukraine, both served to advance "American national interests".

"All the facilities need to be able to cover their costs", Putin said during an annual phone-in on Thursday.

Last month Putin said any retaliation against western sanctions must not hurt the Russian economy or partners that do business in Russia.

"They will stay there as long as it is beneficial to Russian Federation and to ensure our worldwide obligations".

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, "We believe a win-win situation is more beneficial to both sides than a lose-lose situation".

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in March on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury.

"If as Britain insists a military chemical agent was used against these people, they would have died within second or minutes, on the spot".

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"They are temporary but we will keep them there while it is necessary and is required by our economic interests", he said. Putin said the world needed a new global security framework. We see and understand what is going on in Iraq.

The biggest topic of discussion to that end dealt with cooperation between the countries on the new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline which will deliver Russian gas to Germany.

He also described the US' withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty as "an attempt to break the strategic parity", noting that the new weapons systems being adopted by the Russian military will help preserve this parity. Putin mentioned seeing a German news headline declaring, "Donald Trump pushes Europe into Putin's arms".

In early 2017, the USA intelligence community found that Putin directed his intelligence services to meddle in the presidential election, and assessed that "Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the United States presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes".

The president added that cryptocurrency mining is now not regulated by Russian legislation, and that most countries don't use cryptocurrencies as means of payment.

"How can you not draw the conclusions that Donald Trump, the president of the United States, is frightened of Vladimir Putin and his grip?" "Complete nonsense", Putin remarked, noting that such a statement can only be regarded as a joke.

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.

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