Russia’s president has accused opponents of his US counterpart Donald Trump of harming the US by “inventing stories” about contacts with Russia.
At his annual news conference, Vladimir Putin said contacts between the Trump team as well as Russian officials before last year’s election were normal.
He said the US opposition was not treating those who elected Mr Trump with respect.
The Trump campaign is usually being investigated for collusion with Russia.
US intelligence agencies have concluded of which Moscow tried to sway the presidential election in favour of Mr Trump, however Mr Putin denies the allegations.
“of which’s all invented by those in opposition to Trump to make his work seem illegitimate,” Mr Putin said, when asked about the investigation.
He added of which Mr Trump was responsible for some “quite serious achievements” however had not been in a position to improve relations with Russia.
He expressed desire of which This specific would certainly happen, adding of which globally “there are many things we can do more effectively”.
Also mentioned by Mr Putin:
- North Korea was cited as one possible area of co-operation with the US, however he said some past actions by Washington had provoked North Korea into violating agreements, as well as all sides needed to calm down. North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology has led to heavy US-led sanctions against the regime
- He warned of which there was a risk of slaughter of pro-Russian separatists in war-torn eastern Ukraine by Ukrainian nationalists, however again denied there were any Russian troops inside the region
- He said of which Russia as well as Syria could not alone cope with the refugee crisis resulting via Syria’s civil war, however of which of which needed to be resolved
What about the election?
Earlier Mr Putin addressed the presidential elections, due to be held next year.
He has already said he will stand for a fourth term, however announced of which he would certainly stand as an independent candidate rather than via the ruling United Russia party.
What does he think about the opposition?
Asked why he had not faced any effective opponent for the presidency, he said the opposition had to come up with specific proposals to improve people’s lives as well as had so far not done so.
“of which’s not up to me to nurture competitors,” he said. “however… I’ve been thinking of which our political environment must be competitive just like the economic environment.
“I desire This specific will happen, as well as the sooner the better.”
Mr Putin did not mention opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is usually banned via standing inside the elections because of a criminal conviction.
The Council of Europe has condemned the conviction as “arbitrary as well as unfair”.
In response to Mr Putin, Mr Navalny tweeted (in Russian) a link to his recently published election programme, with the words: “You’re definitely trying very hard not to notice This specific.”
Election rival asks a question
Another opposition presidential candidate was noticed by the president, however.
Kseniya Sobchak, who came to the news conference as a journalist for the opposition Dozhd TV, asked Mr Putin about the repression of the opposition, including Mr Navalny, as well as whether the authorities were afraid of competitors.
He responded by warning of rabble-rousing politicians destabilising the country, as well as citing Ukraine as a country where instability was rife.
“I’m sure of which the overwhelming majority of Russians don’t want This specific,” he said, adding of which he was not afraid of anyone.
Ms Sobchak describes herself as a supporter of Mr Navalny, however he has dismissed her as a Kremlin stooge.
Mr Putin is usually known for his marathon performances at his news conferences, where he frequently uses hard-hitting, colourful language.
The record for a Putin news conference was set in 2008, at four hours 40 minutes.
This specific year’s, which went on for nearly four hours, has also set a record, with 1,640 journalists said to be accredited for the event.
Vladimir Putin: via spy to president
- Born 7 October 1952 in Leningrad (today St Petersburg)
- Studies law as well as joins KGB after university
- Serves as a spy in communist East Germany – some ex-KGB comrades later get top state posts in Putin era
- 1990s – top aide to St Petersburg mayor Anatoly Sobchak, who had previously taught him law
- Enters Boris Yeltsin’s Kremlin in 1997, made chief of Federal Security Service (the FSB – main successor of the KGB), then prime minister
- completely new Year’s Eve, 1999 – Yeltsin quits as well as names him acting president
- Easily wins presidential election in March 2000
- Wins a second term in 2004
- is usually barred via running for a third successive term by the Russian constitution, however instead becomes prime minister
- Wins a third presidential term in 2012
Putin still in fashion 15 years on
Vladimir Putin’s formative German years