Putin Tells Austrian Reporter He and Trump ‘Regularly Talk Over the Phone’

Andrew Cummings
June 8, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a live nationwide broadcast call-in in Moscow, Russia June 7, 2018.

On worldwide questions, Russian President Vladimir Putin says it is a "joke" to suggest that the Kremlin may have interfered in the 2016 US presidential election to favor Donald Trump.

"With the Prime Minister of Japan [Shinzo Abe] we use first names and the informal "you" and also with the Chancellor of Germany," said the Russian President, which is perhaps not surprising, as both Putin and Angela Merkel are two of Europe's longest-serving leaders, and spent a significant part of their lives in East Germany.

Mueller's indictment accuses Prigozhin and 12 other Russians of engaging in an alleged election-meddling conspiracy by placing politically divisive posts and ads that reached millions of us voters on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.


He reiterated his dismissal of allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the election that brought Donald Trump into the White House. Ask them, ' he responded, before pointing the finger at financier George Soros, who he said 'interferes in all affairs around the world'.

Putin had been asked about the visa problems being experienced by billionaire Roman Abramovich in Britain. I think this is the main reason, ' he said.

Putin also denied the accusations against Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, one of the Russians indicted by Mueller who has been accused of orchestrating the so-called "troll farm" that was used to influence American politics in 2016. Putin, 65, and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn about people's real problems.

Putin mentioned that he had spoken on the phone with Trump recently about their shared intent to avoid an arms race, adding "I hope that someday this work in the interests of the United States and Russian Federation, indeed in the interests of the whole world, will begin, including between us personally".


Putin told ORF that the Russian government had no connection to Prigozhin's activities.

The phone-in was Putin's first since being re-elected to a historic fourth Kremlin term in March, and comes just a week before Russian Federation is set to host the World Cup.

"So, we influenced the USA elections, and he gifted us Europe in return?" he asked. He operates the Open Society Foundations, one of the largest charitable organizations in the United States, which seeks to promote democracy overseas.

Van der Bellen said some United States politicians claim the European Union is too dependent on Russian gas, but overlook the fact that American liquefied gas is much more expensive. Soros is known for making $1 billion on a bet against the British pound in 1992. Ask the State Department why he is doing this.


The Cold War rhetoric continued as Mr Putin likened Western sanctions on Russian Federation to the United States containment policy against the USSR. "This is my answer".

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