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Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

Putin said he would be keen for their first face-to-face talks to happen at the G20 summit in July or earlier, for example at a summit Finland may host after becoming chair of the Arctic Council intergovernmental forum in May.

The Russian president said that he hopes that the U.S. will take the path of cooperation. But the timing "depends to a large extent on the American side".

"Meanwhile the contacts of our envoy are being limited, his every meeting is met with hostility as some kind of spy stunt", Putin said, insisting that Kislyak is simply doing his job.

30 de marzo de 2017, 13:23Moscow, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Russia in no way wants to wage a war or compete with the United States, the country with the largest military expenditures in the world, President Vladimir Putin said today at an global forum on the Artic.

But, he said, "I'll have to be led astray".

Putin warned that the attempt of some US political forces to bring US-Russian relations to the point of "Caribbean crisis" [October missile crisis] is a huge mistake.

Russian President noted that Russia and the USA have very good examples of cooperation "There are huge prospects for Russia, for the United States, and for the whole world at large".

The president added during an early morning series of tweets: "The Democrats made up and pushed the Russian story as an excuse for running a bad campaign".

"It is right that President Trump sets this goal".

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"You see what's been happening?"

"Do we want to completely cut relations?" he said.

"We very much count on the fact that our USA partners and colleagues will embark on this path of cooperation".

The United States and the European Union called on the Russian authorities to free detainees.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump "both insist on their priority as national interest" in global relations. "I very much hope that someday the situation will return to normal", Putin said. He noted that Trump is being "barred from implementing his agenda" amidst the controversies. "He once said nice things about me". Otherwise how can they work? But the administration has said little about collaboration or an upcoming meeting as the hacking scandal has grown.

The US State Department said Tillerson is planning to visit Russian Federation in April following a G-7 meeting in Italy.

Putin said that the authorities were systematically pressing for struggle against corruption.

"We aren't obstructing it, just the opposite, we are helping it", he said.

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