Putin: We're held hostage to political strife around Trump

Lester Mason
May 25, 2018

Putin made the comment in a news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has proposed broadening talks with Tehran to cover Iran's ballistics program and its role in the Middle East.

France is at odds with the Kremlin over its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago, and allegations that Moscow meddled in a French presidential election in support of one of Macron's opponents.

"As you remember, I was twice president before that, and then left the post of president, because the Constitution did not allow me to be elected for a third time, that's all", Putin told reporters at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

The European Union has initially sided with the United States on the anti-Russian sanctions but it has recently taken a step back.

"This is now my second term in a row", the Russian leader said. "This is unacceptable and it has to end", he said.

State media reported the bombing raids, ordered by US President Donald Trump, has levelled positions in the eastern part of the country.


He said he would try to convince Trump to return to talks about Iran's nuclear programme, and was also critical of Trump's decision to move the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, out of step with the stance of most European governments.

Macron must confirm "that France will never accept the increased repression in Russian Federation as "the new normal", the rights watchdog said in a statement. But he also faces a host of delicate global disputes.

"We need to be talking about the situation after the war".

In reference to the disruption of the World Trade Organization rules, Putin said, "breaking rules is now the rule".

Putin called these sanctions "a new edition of protectionism" and suggested the USA was out of bounds by imposing restrictions on Russian Federation.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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