Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
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Putin praises ‘mature’ Donald Trump over North Korea summit

Putin praises ‘mature’ Donald Trump over North Korea summit

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna, Austria on June 5, 2018.

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.

Asked what the best joke he had heard recently, Putin cited what he said was commentary in a German publication that Trump "is pushing Europe right into Putin's hands".

Putin's visit also marks the 50th anniversary of the initiation of Russian gas deliveries to the alpine nation.

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"I hope that there won't be any provocations but, if it happens, I think it would have very serious consequences for Ukrainian statehood in general", Putin said.

"The congressional election campaign is getting under way and then there will be the next presidential election, and the President of the United States is coming under attack over various matters", Putin said.

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 USA elections.

"The Austrians have conveyed their willingness to host a meeting between President Trump and President Putin". "But of course I think that we should raise a new, young generation of leaders, responsible people who will be able to take on the responsibility of Russian Federation".

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"Let me remind you that thousands of militants left Russian Federation and the countries of Central Asia - with whom we do not have hard borders - and gathered on Syrian soil". Putin, 65, and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn about people's real problems.

Putin's interview with Austrian news presenter Armin Wolf grew heated when Wolf asked about allegations that Putin had meddled in the domestic politics of other countries. Prigozhin, who has been called "Putin's chef" because he runs a catering business, has received billions of dollars worth of Russian state contracts, including with the Russian military.

"The tragedy we are talking about is awful, and I feel immensely sorry for the victims and their families, but this investigation must be objective and comprehensive", he said.

But there is one friend of Russian Federation that Putin would never use the "ty" form with: Milos Zeman, the 73-year-old President of the Czech Republic. "The State Department will say that it has nothing to do with them - rather it is Mr Soros" private affair.

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The Cold War rhetoric continued as Mr Putin likened Western sanctions on Russian Federation to the USA containment policy against the USSR. "Are you satisfied with it?"

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