Putin says he warned Europe about United States trade threat, nobody listened

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an interview broadcast on Monday, said he did not want to divide the European Union as he prepared to visit Austria in his first bilateral trip to a West European country in nearly a year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "fully" agrees with President Donald Trump on the treat of a new arms race with the USA - and denied that the oligarch known as "Putin's chef" could have influenced the 2016 elections.

Commenting on a question on the aluminum and steel tariffs recently imposed by the United States against Europe, Canada and Mexico, President Putin remarked that these restrictive measures are essentially sanctions.

"That is exactly what is happening now".

Putin, as has been Russia's position, scoffed at the notion that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned on March 4 in Salisbury, England, with Novichok, a nerve agent developed decades ago by the Soviet military.

After pressing Putin on Ukraine, Syria, Russian meddling in Europe and why he had never uttered the name of Russia's most prominent opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, who is now in jail, Wolf used his final question to ask why there were so many Kremlin-approved photos of a half-naked Putin.

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Why did he warn Ukraine not to try anything during the World Cup?

"We are not planning to withdraw yet", he said. "We have started on the trajectory towards robust economic growth in Russian Federation".

Putin also denied the accusations against Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, one of the Russians indicted by Mueller who has been accused of orchestrating the so-called "troll farm" that was used to influence American politics in 2016.

China-Russia trade has grown to $US87 billion ($A113 billion) in the past year, Putin said. "I don't think other countries will develop such a weapon in the coming years. we already have it".

And what about plans to pull the Russian military out of Syria?

Putin asked sardonically of the affected Western allies, reminding them that he had warned them of American overreach as far back as his Munich speech in 2007.

'As for personal meetings, I think that the possibility of these meetings depends to a large extent on the internal political situation in the United States.

This year, the Interfax news agency reported Putin would forego his usual studio audience, field text and video questions on a series of TV monitors, and hand out real time orders to regional governors and government ministers who have been told to be at their desks when the event starts at 0900 GMT. One asked why opposition leader Alexei Navalny had not been allowed to register as a candidate in the presidential election, another why there was money for the military but not ordinary people, and another asked whether Russian Federation was a banana republic.