Putin: Syria chemical attack was provocation against Assad

Putin said that Moscow wanted to wait before ratifying the Paris climate agreement till the participating countries set out clear-cut rules.

"If you look at lost opportunities and lost profits, analyze that, you see that ... it harms everyone", he said, according to an account of the meeting published by Russian state media. "It's a proper document aimed at solving one of today's global problems", said Putin.The Russian leader, who is keen to try to fix battered U.S. -Russia ties, said he thought there was no point dwelling on Trump's decision since the U.S. leader may be of the view that the necessary financial and other resources needed to comply with the accord may not be sufficient.It was now better to try to see what kind of climate deal could be agreed, said Putin.

"Don't worry, be happy", Putin said in English. "Modern technologies allow that to be done quite easily".

"If they are patriotic, they contribute in a way they think is right, to fight against those who say bad things about Russia", Putin said.

USA intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump's election victory, and the Congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation have shattered Moscow's hopes for a detente with Washington. "It reminds me of anti-Semitism".

At the event, Putin also said that a child could have hacked the DNC it was so easy.

Putin added that he views North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as an instrument of USA foreign policy. Same with hackers, they woke up today, read something about the state-to-state relations.

Putin insisted that it was perfectly normal for Kislyak to try to establish contacts and discuss future ties, adding that he hadn't even started to discuss specifics.

"Theoretically, that's possible", said Putin, who also dismissed as "fictional" accusations that Russian computer attacks influenced the results of France's election of its new president, Emmanuel Macron.

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

Relations between Russian Federation and the US have been in sharp decline since 2014, when Western powers reacted to Moscow's annexation of Crimea by slapping sanctions on the country.

He further said that the United States could have had more leverage to alter the agreement if it stayed in the deal.

  • Leroy Wright