Putin urges US business to help normalize Russia-US ties

Posted June 03, 2017

At the same time, the Russian President pointed out that "it was possible not to withdraw from the Paris agreement because it is a framework document so the US's obligations could have been changed".

Kelly's forum with Putin followed the former Fox News host's disastrous first interview for for NBC.

The Russian economy has increased for three consecutive quarters, with the GDP growth rate in April this year standing at 1.4 percent, Putin said.

Addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) here in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, he said India has traditionally been respecting nature and desisted from exploiting it.

Speaking at the forum, Putin avoided criticising Trump's decision, however, he noted that the United States participation is essential for the success of global efforts.

When it came to the alleged hacking, he said there were no "Russian fingerprints".

In his reply, he quoted the Vedas to say that harming the environment is a crime, and milking nature is the right of the humans. "Hoof prints? Horn prints? Horn prints? Technology experts can invent anything and put the blame on anyone".

He added that while watching the USA campaign unfold, he would sometimes think Mr Trump was going "over the top".

The Russian government has denied USA intelligence agencies' conclusion that it sought to influence the election in Trump's favor, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that some Russian individuals may have acted on their own.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed allegations of Russian meddling in last year's USA presidential election, accusing the Democrats of trying to shift blame for their defeat and likening the accusations against Russia to anti-Semitism. The Kremlin has sought to ridicule Americans for what Putin and his aides have dismissed as a witch hunt.

Notably, Putin has never denied the election was hacked-he's just offered up two inane theories on back-to-back days that curiously happen to track Trump's explanation, although one of those explanations does implicate a Russian.

In a sign of exasperation, Putin compared what he described as the obsessive USA focus on alleged Russian interference with the vote to anti-Semitism. Terrorists don't own telecommunications system and social media networks, but some countries help them with that, he said.

Gorkov, chairman of Vnesheconombank, or VEB, refused to comment on the meetings when confronted here Friday, and referred reporters to the bank's March statement that the meeting was conducted with Kushner in his role as the head of his family's real estate business. Trump has similarly accused Democrats of politicizing congressional and federal investigations into the interference.

"What else the ambassador is supposed to do?"