Led Economic Sanctions Backfired Boosting Putin's Popularity in Russian Federation

Besides praising Trump's electoral campaign, Putin refused to condemn the U.S. president's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, making light of the issue and questioning whether the countries of the world were really "in a position to halt climate change".

He said Russian Federation had been encouraged by Trump's campaign promises to improve Russia-U.S. ties and emphasized that Moscow still hopes to forge a constructive dialogue. "Do we need to give you a tablet?" he said in a debate at the St Petersburg Economic Forum.

Putin also sounded off Friday about USA scrutiny of meetings between Trump's team and Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Asked if Russia is happy to see divisions in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation over Trump's push for members to increase defense spending, the Russian leader responded on an acerbic note that Moscow would be happy to see the meltdown of the alliance he described as a Cold War relic.

Putin found himself on the defensive Friday when asked by Kelly to explain his earlier claim that private "patriotic" hackers could have interfered in the 2016 US presidential election.

"Stop this!" he said, when pressed on the details that experts say point to Russian involvement. "He did not betray the interests of his country, nor did he transfer any information to any other country that would damage his own people", said Putin.

"What fingerprints?" Putin said.

Putin will also participate in a one-on-one interview with Kelly, which will air on NBC on Sunday night.

"We are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said at the White House.

He said: "It is a city that was facing economic collapse and was able to come back through innovation and change".

Their attacks depend on how they feel that day, he said.

Earlier, Trump accused India of extracting "billions and billions and billions" of dollars in foreign aid from the developed world to sign up for the climate accord and pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. But thanks to warm atmosphere on bilateral matter, we have been able to reach understanding...

US President Donald Trump said the probe "hurts our country" and has branded the investigation the "single greatest witch hunt" in political history.

  • Zachary Reyes