Vladimir Putin: Lifting Russia sanctions would benefit all

Brenda Watkins
June 8, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told Chinese state media that he expects economic sanctions to be gradually lifted and Russia's relationship with Western countries to normalise. No one wanted to listen, and no one wanted to do anything to stop these tendencies. "If need be, we will be able to promptly withdraw our military personnel at no material costs", he said.

"I did not hide my views at Fox and, as word spread that I would not unswervingly support President Trump and, worse, that I believed an investigation into Russian interference was essential to our national security, I was excluded from segments that touched on Vladimir Putin's possible influence on an American president, his campaign or his administration", Peters stated in his op-ed.

"This is the imposition of sanctions, expressed in a different way", he said, adding that he had warned other Western nations years ago they would suffer from U.S. dominance. "Well, here it's Mr. Prigozhin's private business", Putin said.

Moscow retaliated in kind but Putin has repeatedly said the sanctions were ineffective and counter-productive.

"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". Thank God, this did not happen.

Both Sergei and Yulia Skripal have been released after spending weeks in hospital. "Clearly we are dealing with something other than a military agent".

Putin is scheduled to pay a state visit to China from June 8-10 and attend the Qingdao Summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

Commenting on a question on the aluminum and steel tariffs recently imposed by the United States against Europe, Canada and Mexico, President Putin remarked that these restrictive measures are essentially sanctions.

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He added that it was vital that Sky News" independence was protected to ensure that it "thrives going forward'. Meanwhile Comcast - another U.S. media giant - has gate-crashed the party with a rival bid to buy Sky .

Putin addressed the Russian military presence in Syria.

European leaders long ignored his warnings about the dangers of a world dominated by the United States, Putin said Thursday during his nationally broadcast annual call-in show.

"It falls within the remit of the Russian president to grant citizenship, you'll get it", he told her, after saying she would ask the defence ministry to bring her relatives to Russia.

"Yes, every country has its own interests, but they should not be advanced via egotistical political methods", Putin said, adding that many of Russia's partners are beginning to realize this.

The issue of European Union sanctions, imposed on Russia because of its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, will weigh on any talks he has. "I don't think other countries will develop such a weapon in the coming years. we already have it".

In a particularly heated exchange on the annexation of Crimea and the shooting down of MH17 over eastern Ukraine, an irate Putin snapped: "If you do not like my answers, then do not ask me questions" and accused Wolf of engaging in "a monologue rather than an interview".

Members of the public have submitted over 1.4 million questions, Russian news agencies reported, many of them visible on a special website set up for the event.

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