Putin says Western criticism of Russia's handling of protests political

Russia perceives the United States as a superpower, with which it wants to establish strong partnership, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said, speaking at an Arctic forum in Arkhangelsk.

"Finland is a very fitting country, and Helsinki is a fitting location for such events".

But one administration official said the White House has not confirmed whether Trump will attend the summit.

'We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident ...

Putin answered in kind, saying he would be glad to take part in it if such a meeting is held.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hood while visiting Franz Josef Land archipelago in the Arctic, Russia, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. "To take the situation to the 1960s, to the Cuban missile crisis?" Trump said later, "I spoke indirectly - and directly - with President Putin, who could not have been nicer".

"We estimate production costs for the Russian Arctic offshore in the range of $70 to $100 a barrel", Energy Minister Alexander Novak said by email. It would "continue anyway and anyhow", Putin said of climate change. Those who say the opposite lie and engage in provocations that certain forces subsequently use "for the domestic political agenda" in Washington in the interests of certain political forces, the goal of which is to consolidate their own positions inside the United States. In 2015, Moscow and Washington entered separate campaigns to battle the jihadists in Syria, however, the two nations back different sides in the conflict: Russian Federation supports the Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad and the USA first backed various Syrian rebel groups and later shifted its support to the Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurd-dominated coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities.

Mr Putin's comments came as the US' Senate Intelligence Committee was set to begin a hearing entitled "Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns", which will focus on understanding the method of Russia's active disinformation campaign and assess the extent of Moscow's interference.

"You can pick nearly any of these stories, which have no truth in them, and they show up back in Russian propaganda", Watts said.

He said Moscow would support Trump in fighting terrorism and cooperate with the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency. In May, the U.S. will hand the Arctic Council chairmanship to Finland.

After their panel discussion, Niinistö and Putin met privately, where they were scheduled to discuss various foreign and security policy issues, as well as the situation in Ukraine.

  • Leroy Wright