Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

Alexey Druzhinin  Presidential press service  TASS

Alexey Druzhinin Presidential press service TASS

Speaking on a panel during the International Arctic Forum in Arkangelsk, Russia on Thursday, the Russian leader was asked directly about his country's alleged involvement in influencing last November's us presidential election.

Vladimir Putin at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia on Thursday.

Putin quoted George Bush Sr., who at the Republican National Convention in 1988 said, "read my lips, no new taxes".

Moderator Geoff Cutmore, from CNBC, asked Putin if he or the Russian government tampered with the 2016 election - as has been alleged in numerous USA intelligence reports - and if any evidence of that will emerge.

He dismissed such claims as "lies" and "provocations", saying the contacts that Russian diplomats made in the U.S. were just part of their routine work. They are used for domestic American political agendas.

"It's not in the interests of the majority of American people to take US-Russian relations to the point of absurdity", Putin said.

Putin on Thursday said the Russian Federation allegations are used as a way to prevent Trump from implementing his policies and accused the forces behind them as irresponsible.

"Do we want to completely cut relations?" he said.

Brexit - Jean-Claude Juncker jokes about Brexit's vision
Should Trump continue encouraging other nations to leave the EU, Juncker vowed that he would support efforts to encourage American states to secede from the union.

Finland will begin its role as chair of the Arctic Council in May.

The White House has said that Mr Kushner, a senior adviser to Mr Trump, has volunteered to answer questions about arranging meetings with the Russian ambassador and other officials.

The FBI and House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russia's alleged influence on the presidential campaign, including possible collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government.

Putin's comments are the President's most emphatic denial of the accusations yet, and are the first he has directly made since US President Donald Trump took office in January.

Meanwhile, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has criticised the BBC for reporting on the alleged role of a Russian embassy worker in Mr Trump's election as U.S. president. We can say without exaggeration that cooperation in the Arctic today is a model for a good-neighbourly, stable, and predictable policy. "When it's over, I hope we decide on holding a meeting" with Trump.

Putin said he would be glad to go to such a meeting but added that he also would be ready to meet Trump in Germany at a July G-20 summit that they both plan to attend.

Putin recalled that the same tactic was used at the beginning of the Arab Spring, which triggered a chain of sanguinary events in the region and was one of the factors behind the government coup in Ukraine. "We know very well what that led to, what bloody events in the region that led to", Putin said. "On the contrary, we must strive to resolve conflicts of any kind".

Recommended News

  • Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

    Redesigned replies surfaced in October, when some beta testers complained that they had made Twitter harder to read . Another change will put the recipient's user name above the tweet instead of being inside it.
    Memorial for officer killed in Westminster terror attack

    Memorial for officer killed in Westminster terror attack

    Four people were killed when Islamist extremist Khalid Masood went on an 82-second rampage in Westminster on Wednesday. Speaking in Parliament, the MP said: "It was a delight to meet him here again only a few months after being elected".
    Emmy Rossum's Los Angeles Home Burglarized, Over $150K Worth of Jewelry Stolen

    Emmy Rossum's Los Angeles Home Burglarized, Over $150K Worth of Jewelry Stolen

    On Tuesday, the " Shameless " star tweeted out a thank you to the LAPD: "Thank you to the LAPD. Rossum has now taken to social media to confirm she was the person at the centre of the raid.
  • NZ dollar touches week-high vs British pound

    NZ dollar touches week-high vs British pound

    Should the Bank of England also tighten monetary policy the picture could be further complicated by greater sterling strength. Brexit throws the United Kingdom into the unknown now and it is uncertain what it means for the British pound.
    As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

    As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

    Ryan repeated that "90%" of his caucus is for the health care measure, but would not commit to a timeline on holding another vote. The Republican leadership in the House of Representatives avoided to take sides, but offered lukewarm support for Trump.
    WH Officials Helped House Intel Chairman Get Trump Surveillance Info

    WH Officials Helped House Intel Chairman Get Trump Surveillance Info

    The House panel's work has been deeply, and perhaps irreparably, undermined by Nunes' apparent coordination with the White House. Cohen-Watnick is a former Defence Intelligence Agency official who was originally brought to the White House by Michael T.
  • Warriors provide an update on Kevin Durant's knee injury

    Still, it was likely considered a good possession for the Spurs, as they avoided giving up a almost automatic three to Curry. The signing is worth noting for Wizards fans, given the Pacers could match up with them in the first round of the playoffs.
    Relief in EU as Dutch PM sees off far-right's Wilders

    Relief in EU as Dutch PM sees off far-right's Wilders

    There are at a least a dozen permutations of four or five-party alliances to reach the 76-majority needed, even without the PVV. Coalition talks on forming a new government have begun but could take months to finalise, the Guardian reported.
    Saudi Arabia intercepts 4 ballistic missiles from Yemen

    Saudi Arabia intercepts 4 ballistic missiles from Yemen

    Human rights monitors say the coalition air raids are to blame for the majority of civilian deaths. Overall, rights group say that JIAT probes appear to be falling short of worldwide standards.
  • Police officer struck by London attacker's vehicle suffered life-changing injuries

    The man who killed five people and injured around 40 in London terror attack has been identified as Khalid Masood. Police officer, Keith Palmer, 48, was also stabbed and killed near the gates of the Parliament during the attack.
    White House blocked Russian Federation  testimony

    White House blocked Russian Federation testimony

    Yates was sacked in January as acting attorney general after she refused to defend the Trump administration's first travel ban. Trump has used Nunes' revelations to defend his unproven claim that Barack Obama tapped phones at Trump Tower.

    Australia friendships over, says India captain Kohli

    Had any of their other batsmen been as solid as their skipper, Smith's three centuries and 499 runs would not have gone to waste. Jadeja's all-round consistency made him the third player ever to score over 500 runs and take over 50 wickets in a season.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.