Vladimir Putin on US, Russia relations

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All quotes by Vladimir Putin on US, Russia relations

Pres Putin points to #G20 partners on absence of real evidence of that & confirms that Russia had never interfered in US elections.feedback

There is every reason to believe that we will be able to at least partially re-establish the level of cooperation that we need. I very much hope (for an improvement in relations) and it seems to me that some basis for this has already been created. It seems to me that the US position (on Syria) has become more pragmatic. There is a comprehension that if we combine our efforts, we can achieve a lot.feedback

He asked many questioPresident Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump get off Marine One before prior to boarding Air Force Onens on the subject, I tried to answer them all. It seems to me that he has taken note of that and agreed, but it's better to ask him about his attitude.feedback

I had a very long conversation with the president of the United States. Many issues had accumulated, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, some bilateral issues. We again went back to counterterrorism and cyber security issues … phone conversations are never enough definitely. I'm delighted to be able to meet you personally. And I hope that, as you have said, our meetings will yield positive results.feedback

As for personal relations, I think that they are established. I think that if we continue building our relations like during our conversation yesterday, there are grounds to believe that we'll be able to – at least partially – restore the level of cooperation that we need. The US president and I agreed that we'll create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace, how to ensure unconditional compliance with international legal norms, and how to prevent interference in internal affairs of foreign countries.feedback

[Trump] asked a lot of questions on this subject. I, inasmuch as I was able, answered these questions. It seems to me that he took these [answers] on board and agreed with them, but in actual fact, it's best to ask him how he views this. I believe that we have established personal relations already. It seems to me that if we build our relations the way that our conversation went yesterday, then we all have grounds to believe that we can, at least in part, restore the level of cooperation that we need.feedback

We've had a very long discussion with the U.S. president. Many issues accrued, including Ukraine, Syria and other problems, as well as some bilateral issues. I'm delighted to meet you personally.feedback

I had a very lengthy conversation with the President of the United States, there were a lot of issues such as Ukraine, Syria, other problems, some bilateral issues. We again returned to the issues of fighting terrorism and cybersecurity.feedback

One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved, but rather has deteriorated. He is a very colourful person, talented, without any doubt. It is not our business to determine his merits, that is up to US voters, but he is the absolute leader in the presidential race.feedback

The "North Korean nuclear program is a very acute problem. We must not lose our self-command; we need to act pragmatically and very carefully.feedback

He is absolutely the leader in the presidential race. He wants to move to a different level of relations, to more solid, deeper relations with Russia and how can Russia not welcome that – we welcome that.feedback

On the Syrian problem and the Middle East in general, it is clear to all that no progress will be made without joint constructive work.feedback

Stalin was a product of his time. You can demonize him all you want, or, on the other hand, talk about his contributions to victory over Nazism. But the excessive demonization of Stalin is just one way to attack the Soviet Union and Russia, to suggest that today's Russia carries the birthmarks of Stalinism. Everyone has one kind of birthmark or another. So what? Of course.feedback

Fortunately, we have reversed this situation. For three years running, we have had population growth, including in regions that are historically majority ethnic-Russian.feedback

It will, of course, complicate the Russian-American relationship. I think it is harmful.feedback

Now we know that another draft bill has appeared in the US Senate on toughening these sanctions. Why, by the way? Nothing extraordinary happened. What drove them to talk about these sanctions out of the blue? This is, of course, a sign of continued political infighting in the US.feedback

Hackers may be anywhere. There may be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very craftily and professionally passed the buck to Russia. Can't you imagine such a scenario? In the middle of an internal political fight, it was convenient for them, whatever the reason, to put out that information. And put it out they did. And, doing it, they made a reference to Russia. Can't you imagine it happening? I can.feedback

Let us recall the assassination of President Kennedy. There is a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States special services. If this theory is correct, and one cannot rule it out, so what can be easier in today's context, being able to rely on the entire technical capabilities available to special services than to organize some kind of attacks in the appropriate manner while making a reference to Russia in the process. ….feedback

Put your finger anyplace on a guide of the world, and wherever you will hear protestations that American authorities are meddling in interior constituent procedures. Each activity has an equivalent and inverse response. In any case, I rehash, we don't need. Presidents travel every which way, and even the gatherings in power change, yet the fundamental political course does not change.feedback

Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow. But you know, I never met with him. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all, have you all lost your senses over there?feedback

If you're not intending to attack anybody, why increase your military spending?feedback

IP addresses can be invented – a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. The U.S. demands from their allies to raise their spending and simultaneously says that NATO is not going to attack anybody. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union … there is no longer any … Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for? NATO has already been talking about transformation … into a political organization, as the kind of an organization that creates the elements of stability in the world.feedback

For me, this is just amazing. You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you're just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterward I was told, You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.feedback

I am not aware of such a proposal. No such proposal ever reached me.feedback

There was no relationship whatsoever. Yes, he visited Moscow in his day. But, you know, I never met him.feedback

I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left...That's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.feedback

They [U.S. Intelligence committees] have been misled, and they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States.feedback

I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all -- have you all lost your senses over there? Hackers can be anywhere. Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister. The minister would have reported it to me. There weren't even any reports. There's nothing to even talk about. There wasn't even any kind of specific discussion about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just amazing. You created a sensation out of nothing.feedback

This destroys the strategic balance in the world. What is happening is a very serious and alarming process. In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defense system are emerging. Should we just stand idly by and watch this? Of course not. We are thinking about how to respond to these challenges. This is a challenge for us.feedback

The problem is not with us, the problem is inside American politics. The other (Clinton) team miscalculated. They don't want to admit their mistake. It's easier for them to say that they are not guilty, that the Russians are the guilty ones for interfering in our election. It reminds me of anti-Semitism.feedback

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. It just some kind of hysteria and just doesn't stop. Do we need to give you a pill? Does anyone have a pill? Give them a pill, really, honestly. It's surprising. It reminds me of antisemitism - the Jews are to blame for everything. You know, if a moron can't do anything for himself - the Jews are to blame. But we know what such sentiments lead to - it doesn't end in anything good.feedback

There was nothing concrete, zero. It's just hysteria. Should I give you a pill?feedback

I never even knew about these meetings. It reminds me of anti-Semitism. What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Experts in information technology can invent anything. It was true information. Was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. The problem isn't us, the problem is inside U.S. politics. Trump's team was more efficient during the election campaign. Don't worry, be happy. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

It's an attempt to solve internal political problems using foreign policy instruments. It's harmful, hurting international relations, the global economy, security and the fight against terror. It's time to stop that useless and harmful chatter.feedback

My answer is no. There were no agreements. We didn't even come close to that. We didn't even start negotiations. Does squabbling over NATO help Russia? It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Have you read those reports? I have read those reports. And even in them there is nothing specific! There are only assumptions and conclusions on based on suppositions.feedback

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. There was nothing concrete, zero. It's all hysteria. Isn't there some kind of pill you can take? There was no such agreement.feedback

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologise to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?feedback

Don't worry… be happy. This accord has not yet come into effect; it is supposed to come into effect as of 2021… so we still have time. If we are all constructive in what we do, there are things that we can agree on.feedback

I would refrain from judging President Trump right now because it was President Obama who made the decision (on joining the Paris Agreement - TASS), so maybe the new president believes it was not well-conceived, maybe he thinks there are not enough resources. This situation needs to be thoroughly assessed. It was possible not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it is a framework document so the United States' obligations could have been changed. As far as I remember, the United States has ratified the agreement, but we (Russia) have not done it yet.feedback

What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Technology experts can invent anything and put the blame on anyone. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?feedback

IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Help us to restore normal political dialogue, I ask you on behalf of Russia and I appeal to the American side - help the newly elected president, the head of the administration of the United States.feedback

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. What else is the ambassador supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts? We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that.feedback

But no matter where the threat comes, it is unacceptable and we will always support India in its fight against terrorism. We do not have any tight (military) relations with Pakistan. The US, do you have (close relations)? And for sure our relations with Pakistan have no impact on trade between India and Russia. We never engaged in that on a state level, and have no intention of doing so. I can imagine that some do it deliberately, staging a chain of attacks in such a way as to cast Russia as the origin of such an attack. Modern technologies allow that to be done quite easily.feedback

I spoke to (Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov) today. I'll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him.feedback

If the US administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the US administration would want this. You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans. They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just short-sighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.feedback

I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him. It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.feedback

It's hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish dream up next.feedback

Russia knows terrorism and the threat it creates for us all. Our people have had to deal with similar tragedies many times, and we are deeply distressed at the news. We would like to express our sympathy and solidarity with the French nation. … I would like to stress again that only through a united effort can we defeat terrorism.feedback

They "need to meet first, talk and then choose the tune to match. It's a pity that the piano was out of tune. It was quite hard to play, even for me, someone who plays with two fingers. I cannot say I played, I was just pressing the keys with two or three fingers. I thought that if Mr Peskov is filming, it's probably for personal use, for the archive. But they decided to post it. But never mind. I think I didn't let you down.feedback

Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that. There will be no effect.feedback

There will be no effect. You see, I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans. And I invite you to do the same.feedback

There will be no effect. Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that. President Trump is acting in accordance with his competence, in accordance with his law and Constitution. What about us? Why we? You see, I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans. And I invite you to do the same.feedback

We will always guard Russia just as you, the soldiers of the Victory, did. And [we will] strengthen the traditions of patriotism, loyally serving the homeland. The lessons of the past war force us to be vigilant and the Russian Armed Forces are ready to repel any potential attack. There was no, there is no and there will be no force that could ever enslave our people.feedback

We never interfere in the political life and the political processes of other countries, and we don't want anybody interfering in our political life and foreign policy processes. Certainly, without the participation of such a party as the United States, it is also impossible to solve these problems effectively. So we are and will continue to be in contact with our American partners, and I hope that we will attain understanding there regarding joint steps in this very important and sensitive area of international relations today.feedback

One could say that the level of trust on a working level, especially on the military level, has not improved but has rather deteriorated. Right now we're not getting along with Russia at all. We may be at an all-time low in terms of relationship with Russia.feedback

We feel that our US partners are interested in developing this cooperation and this is a very good signal. We hope that this (cooperation) will spread to other world regions, including the Arctic,'' the president said.feedback

You see what's been happening? The newly-elected president is barred from implementing his agenda – delivering on his pledges on health care, and international affairs, and relations with the Russian Federation. We [will] just wait until things rectify and stabilize.feedback

Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation. There are many issues which long have come to a head in the economic and security fields and regarding regional conflicts. We are ready for that discussion. It's necessary for the other side to also show goodwill and readiness for constructive work.feedback

I don't think it's in the interests of the majority of the American people to bring the U.S.-Russian relations to absurdity for the sake of domestic politics. Do we want to completely cut diplomatic relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was in the 1960s during the Cuban (missile) crisis? Where do people behaving in such an irresponsible way want to take us all, including the American people. We aren't obstructing it, just opposite, we are helping it. Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation.feedback

We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. We're ready for discussions and talks but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work. Helsinki would be an appropriate venue for organizing such events. If it happens we would be glad to participate and I would be glad to attend. If not, probably in the format of regular meetings in G20 we'll have that event, that meeting.feedback

Opinion polls in the United States show that very many people are ... friendly towards the Russian Federation, and I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations. Do we want to completely cut relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?feedback

Isn't it nonsense? What is the ambassador there for? He's there to speak to people, to maintain contacts with the political elite, with businessmen, with members of the House and the Senate, with administration officials. They are now also taking up the issue of the meetings our businessmen and bankers had there. Don't American businessmen come here and speak to our representatives, including Russian government officials? Otherwise how can they work? Of course they do. We aren't obstructing it, just the opposite, we are helping it.feedback

We said on numerous occasions and I reiterate that we are confident … And know for sure that opinion polls in the Unites States show that very many people are … friendly towards the Russian Federation and I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations.feedback

What about Ljubljana, Slovenia? Of course, it is a great place to hold a dialogue of this kind. But it doesn't depend only on us, it also depends on a range of things, current issues. If these meetings ever happen, then I have nothing against Ljubljana.feedback

Ljubljana – and Slovenia in general – is of course a great place to hold such dialogue. If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue). We always welcomed that and we hope that relations will be restored in full in all areas. It relates to trade and economic ties, security issues and various regions of the world, which are suffering from numerous conflicts. By pooling our efforts, we naturally would be able to significantly contribute to solving those issues, including the fight against international terrorism.feedback

If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.feedback

Major global and regional challenges that our countries have confronted in recent years clearly confirm that Russia-US relations are an important factor in ensuring stability and security in the modern world.feedback

The Russian diplomats returning home will spend the New Year holidays with their relatives and dear ones. We will not create problems for U.S. diplomats. We will not expel anybody.feedback

Moreover, I am inviting all children of U.S. diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties at the Kremlin.feedback

I certainly hope we can join forces with the US in fighting the real not imaginary threats which is international terrorism. This is exactly the task that our military is trying to solve in Syria. The terrorists have suffered great losses. The army and the navy of Russia has proved convincingly that they can work effectively far from home.feedback

We are prepared to cooperate with the new US administration. It is important to normalise and start to develop the bilateral relations, on the principle of equality and a mutually beneficial basis. The cooperation between Russia and US in solving local and global problems will be in the interest of the whole world.feedback

Russia does not need conflict neither do our partners or the international partners. Compared to others who see us as opponents, we do not seek and never look for enemies. We need friends.feedback

We heard [Trump's] campaign rhetoric while [he was] still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States. [I look forward to] building a constructive dialog between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other's positions, [when it] meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.feedback

During the election campaign, we heard Donald Trump's speeches, which focused on rebuilding the relationship between Russia and the United States. We understand and are aware that it is not going to be easy given the degraded state of relations between Russia and the US at the moment, unfortunately. But Russia is ready and willing to restore fully fledged bilateral relations with the United States, because it will have a positive effect on global affairs in general, taking into account the special responsibility of Russia and the US to sustain global security and stability.feedback

As for Mr. Trump, he chose, apparently, his own way to reach out to voters' hearts. What kind of a way is it? Of course, he behaves extravagantly, we all see it, but I think that all that is not so pointless.feedback

Hysteria has been whipped up in the United States about the influence of Russia over the US presidential election. It's much simpler to distract people with so-called Russian hackers, spies, and agents of influence. Does anyone really think that Russia could influence the American people's choice in any way? Is America a banana republic or what? America is a great power.feedback

If anyone wants confrontation - this is not our choice, this means that there will be some problems, and we don't want this. We would like on the contrary to search for common ground and solve global problems together that Russia, the US and the whole world are facing.feedback

The French foreign minister flew from Moscow to Washington, the next day he came out with (U.S. Secretary of State John) Kerry, accused Russia of all the deadly sins, no one spoke to or us or discussed anything with us, and tossed the resolution into the Security Council obviously expecting our veto.feedback

Russia is ready to join in joint measures to limit output and calls on other oil exporters to do the same. In the current situation, we think that a freeze or even a cut in oil production is probably the only proper decision to preserve stability in the global energy market. If history tells us anything, it is that these major oil players also have the habit to not respect the agreed.feedback

We (Russia and US) agreed that al-Nusra Front should be distanced from the opposition and that their location should be disclosed as well as that of the so-called healthy [moderate] forces. What do we see instead? We see no separation of terrorists and healthy forces, but rather attempts by terrorists to regroup…. and maintain its potential.feedback

Our opponents are above all concerned by the unity and consolidation of the Russian nation, our multi-national Russian people. They are attempting to rock our us from within, to make us more obedient. So they've created an information product. There is a certain friend of the president of Russia, he did such and such a thing, and there is probably a corruption element there.feedback

This is not the first tine that Russia has faced barbarous terrorist crimes. We won't wipe the tears from our hearts and souls. This will remain with us forever. But that won't stop us from finding and punishing the perpetrators.feedback

History teaches us that peace in our world doesn't happen on its own. Once again today we face unparalleled cruelty and violence. Terrorism has become a global menace and we must beat it. Russia is ready to use its power with other states to create an international security system outside the traditional blocks.feedback

Russia is a victim of international terrorism, one of the first victims. I urge strongly that this tragedy bring us closer together, in stopping the threats we have in common, the most dangerous being terrorism.feedback

On the matter of sanctions, they're not just a nervous reaction of the US or its allies to our position regarding the events and coup in Ukraine, or the so-called Crimea spring. I'm sure that if none of this had happened, they would have invented some other reason to contain Russia's growing power, to influence Russia or use Russia to their own ends.feedback

We hope that the desire to reinforce cooperation between the EU and Russia, as expressed today by my French and German colleagues, will help us to accomplish the tasks we've already set.feedback

President Obama wasn't elected by the American people to be nice to Russia. And your humble servant wasn't elected by the people of Russia to be pleasant to anyone. We work, we argue about some things. We are human, sometimes one of us gets his back up. But let me reiterate that global mutual interests form a good basis for searching for joint decisions.feedback

I propose a full amnesty for capitals returning to Russia. It means that if a person legalizes his capital and property in Russia he will get firm guarantees that he will not be pursued or asked about the source of revenue, he will not be brought to justice or face taxation issues. Let us do it now but only once.feedback

For us it is not important in what part of the country such crimes are committed. It is not important who the victims of these crimes were, or what nationality or type of person they were, we view it as a crime against Russia.feedback

The task stands before us of supporting our leadership in the production of military aviation technology. At the air show you will see the unique space potential that our country has. I emphasise that Russia, which today has new financial capabilities, will devote its utmost attention to the development of high technology in the future.feedback

Attempts to pressure Russia by means of one-sided, illegitimate restrictive measures are not bringing us towards a resolution, and are complicating dialogue.feedback

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