Putin brags that he ‘regularly’ speaks to Trump on the phone

07 Juin, 2018, 14:00 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Putin brags that he ‘regularly’ speaks to Trump on the phone

When the topic of troll farms came up, Putin said that Moscow "has nothing to do" with them, adding that claims by Western media that a single Russian businessman, Yevgeny Prigozhin, was able to influence the U.S. election.

"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.

Trump and Putin have spoken by phone eight times, according to readouts distributed by the White House.

In an interview with Austrian public broadcaster ORF on June 4, Putin dismissed as "ridiculous" charges by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy restauranteur dubbed "Putin's chef" who owns the Internet Research Agency, often described as a troll factory, which allegedly ran a U.S. social-media campaign during the 2016 election.

This year, the Interfax news agency reported Putin would forego his usual studio audience, field text and video questions on a series of TV monitors, and hand out real time orders to regional governors and government ministers who have been told to be at their desks when the event starts at 0900 GMT. I think this is the main reason, ' he said.

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In his previous interview with ORF, Putin said Russian Federation is interested in a united and prosperous European Union, as the bloc is Russia's largest trading partner.

In early 2017, the USA intelligence community found that Putin directed his intelligence services to meddle in the presidential election, and assessed that "Moscow will apply lessons learned from its Putin-ordered campaign aimed at the United States presidential election to future influence efforts worldwide, including against US allies and their election processes".

"There are rumors circulating now that Mr. Soros is planning to make the euro highly volatile", Putin said, without providing evidence. "Experts are already discussing this". When pressed further, he pointed to Hungarian-American financier and philanthropist George Soros, alleging that Soros meddles in the affairs of various nations while "our American friends often tell me that America has nothing to do with it".

"Ask the (U.S.) Department of State why he does it", Putin said. "The Department of State would tell you that it has no relation to that, it's Mr. Soros' private business". "This is my answer".

Representatives from the Open Society Foundations did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.


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