Putin coy about extending his rule in Russia beyond 2024

10 June, 2018, 06:00 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said his country, which will take over the 28-nation EU's rotating presidency for six months in July, stands by EU sanctions but "will work to improve relations between the European Union and Russian Federation". "If we combine it with an earlier joke - that Russian Federation influenced the USA election - all that sounds quite amusing".

British authorities blamed Russian Federation for the March poisoning in the English city of Salisbury of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia with a Soviet-designed nerve agent dubbed Novichok.

The annual call-in show, like Mr Putin's marathon news conference each winter, is an elaborate demonstration of his stamina, lasting several hours and reinforcing his dominance of Russia's politics. About 2.5 million messages were reportedly sent to Putin, who answered 79 questions - plus four others that he fielded from foreign journalists after the show.

The 65-year-old Putin was inaugurated last month for another six-year term.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed hope for the North Korea-U.S. summit and urged related countries to provide North Korea with security guarantees.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged to respect the freedom of the internet.

On Thursday he said Russia's gross domestic product is now 1.5% higher than a year ago.

Asked during his call-in show whether Russian Federation was considering blocking other popular apps or websites, Putin said authorities "are not going to shut down anything".

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Asked whether Russian Federation was considering blocking other popular apps or websites, Putin said authorities "are not going to shut down anything". He has shown no obvious signs of grooming a successor.

Speaking in an interview with the Austrian ORF television broadcaster late Monday, Putin said he wouldn't comment on allegations that a referendum could keep him in power after his current term ends.

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