Vladimir Putin Asks Austrian Leader to Set Up Summit With Donald Trump

08 June, 2018, 08:15 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Mikhail Klimentyev  Presidential press-service  TASS

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz has friends in high places, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he will host in Vienna today.

Putin also pushed back on the idea that Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, who has been indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller and bankrolled a Russian troll farm, could somehow have swayed us elections.

"Indeed, Donald Trump and I have, firstly, met a few times at various worldwide venues", Putin said according to an official transcript available on the Kremlin's website.

"We have continued our cooperation even during hard times", Kurz said after talks with Putin.

Neither the White House nor the Russian Embassy responded to requests for comment from CNBC.

According to CNN, the pace of Trump-Putin calls is roughly equivalent to the number of phone calls Obama held with Putin in his final two years in office.

"As for personal meetings, I think that the possibility of these meetings depends to a large extent on the internal political situation in the United States", Putin continued.

"If we take this together with an earlier joke, that Russian Federation influenced elections in the United States, then this all taken together, starts sounding pretty amusing", he said.

OMV is also among European companies involved in the planned Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would double the amount of gas Russian Federation can send directly to Germany, skirting transit countries such as Ukraine - a project opposed by the United States and some other EU members.

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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'.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 7, 2018.

Putin told ORF that the Russian government has no connection to Prigozhin's activities.

'You have just said that Mr Prigozhin is referred to as 'Putin's chef, ' Putin said.

Prigozhin was sanctioned by the United States in 2016, before Mueller's indictment.

Putin noted that all Russian plans and projects in Kurdistan are legitimate, emphasizing that such relations do not intend to create conflicts but aim at developing ties with Iraq and all its components, including the Kurdistan Region.

After pressing Putin on Ukraine, Syria, Russian meddling in Europe and why he had never uttered the name of Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, who is now in jail, Wolf used his final question to ask why there were so many Kremlin-approved photos of a half-naked Putin. Soros is known for making $1 billion on a bet against the British pound in 1992. Ask the State Department why he is doing this. "Well, here it's Mr. Prigozhin's private business". "This is my answer".

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