Putin on Trump's withdrawal from Paris Accord: 'Don't worry, be happy'

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2017

These decisions were taken at the wide-ranging talks on Thursday between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin here, which covered issues like terrorism and increasing trade and investment.

Putin said Russian Federation had been encouraged by Trump's campaign statements in which he lamented Russia-U.S. ties being at a historical low and promised to improve them.

Modi is the guest of honour at this year's three-day Saint Petersburg Economic Forum - Russia's answer to Davos - that Putin will use to push the idea that Russia has turned the page on a brutal recession caused by low oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine.

"Hackers are free people, just like artists who wake up in the morning in a good mood and start painting", he said.

He added that Russian special services obtained information that other chemical attacks had been planned in Syria, including on Damascus' outskirts, however, apparently terrorists didn't do it because Moscow made the data public.

Despite the conclusion from the US intelligence community that hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was directed by Russia, Putin maintains his country was not involved.

Earlier on Friday, Putin made an unscheduled appearance at a roundtable for US and Russian companies to urge American executives to help Trump end tensions between the two countries, which he said are at "Cold War" levels.

Putin added that while the Russian state has never been involved in hacking, it was "theoretically possible" that Russia-West tensions could have prompted some individuals to launch cyberattacks.

Putin predicted "this will end, sooner or later", adding that "we are patient, we know how to wait and we will wait". "If we all work constructively, we can agree on something". "No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America".

"If they are patriotically minded, they start making their own contribution which they deem right in the fight against those who demean Russian Federation", he said.

The evolution of Russia's position on possible meddling in the election is similar to the way Mr Putin repeatedly shifted his account of Russia's role in the 2014 annexation of Crimea and in armed rebellions in eastern Ukraine. "I hope that it won't go on for too long, that it won't last forever, because the realization must come that it is counterproductive and harms everyone".

India and Russian Federation have signed the much-awaited agreement on setting up two more units of a nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu and chose to give a "new direction" to the defence cooperation between the two "great powers".

"The most important this is that we don't do that on government level", he said.

Putin said Thursday that economic restrictions against Russian Federation have had "zero effect".

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