Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Putin coy about extending his rule in Russian Federation beyond 2024

Putin coy about extending his rule in Russian Federation beyond 2024

Putin also said he thinks about raising "a new generation of young managers" who will be in a position to take the helm in Russian Federation.

That's raised questions in Austria about the real agenda for Putin's visit.

With respect to Russia's involvement in Syria's war, Putin did not reveal his hand, stating that the status quo would prevail for now.

Putin added that he hoped US President Donald Trump followed through on his "wise and mature decision" to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore.

Russia's state-owned news outlet RT seized on the interview, saying Putin "deflected lunges" from the interviewer who asked about Russian election meddling. "They worry that the Austrian government will close the country's borders, fraternize with Russian Federation, and drag the political system in the illiberal direction taken by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orb-n".

The call-in show allows Mr Putin to give answers to issues like rising fuel prices, flooded homes or underfunded hospitals, while passing on the blame to his underlings.

"I think that the possibility of these meetings depends to a large extent on the internal political situation in the United States", he said, CNN reported.

"The Austrians have conveyed their willingness to host a meeting between President Trump and President Putin", the official said on Thursday. "And secondly, we regularly talk over the phone", he said.

Asked during his annual call-in show about a possible prisoner swap with Ukraine for a Russian journalist in custody there, Putin insisted that Sentsov was not jailed for his activities but for plotting a terrorist attack.

Putin and Trump spoke briefly at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam last November, and had two encounters during the G-20 summit in Germany last July.

"Life is getting worse and worse", read another.

Putin said in an interview with the China Media Group that current sanctions against Russian Federation "neither surprise nor scare us". "It's in the Kremlin where everything is wonderful". "On the contrary, we want to see a united and prosperous European Union, because the European Union is our biggest trade and economic partner".

Putin will get to showcase Russian Federation beginning next week, as the country begins hosting the World Cup.

The U.S., Iran and Turkey are among other countries with forces inside Syria, where the Assad government is battling a domestic rebellion and the threat from jihadi groups such as Islamic State and al Qaeda.

"So, we influenced the USA elections, and he gifted us Europe in return?" he asked.

"Overall, we are heading in the right direction", he said.

One way or another, Putin is widely expected to continue calling the shots in Russian Federation even after his current term ends.

When talking about his impressions of Xi, he said: "I've never established such relations or made such arrangements with another foreign colleague as I have with President Xi".

"I am, of course without question, always thinking about that".

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