During the broadcast, state TV correspondents fanned out nationwide to deliver live footage of Russians showing their leaky floors or describing the sorry state of their small-town hospitals.
President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the USA indictment of 13 Russians in a television interview broadcast Monday, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with a US presidential election.
That's raised questions in Austria about the real agenda for Putin's visit.
The videoconferencing element was a new addition to the yearly call-in show. "This has affected budget revenues, which means, ultimately, incomes of citizens", Putin said.
The pace of Trump-Putin calls is roughly equivalent to the number of phone calls Obama held with Putin in his final two years in office. "One can't call this anything else but a joke".
Lavrov had reportedly told Kim that Putin was willing to meet him personally, while Kim thanked Lavrov for Russia's " to American interests overseas. The annual event is carefully stage-managed, although a few uncomfortable questions popped up on screens showing submissions in real time.
"If this happens, I think it would have very serious consequences for the Ukrainian government in general", said Putin.
Occasionally, however, small parts of a less satisfied reality creep in. Peskov dismissed the possibility that Putin would be willing to meet in Beijing, where Communist Party leader Xi Jinping would control the encounter.
One read, "Our lives are getting worse and worse". "It's in the Kremlin where everything is wonderful".
Such comments were largely passed by without comment.
Prigozhin was sanctioned by the United States in 2016, before Mueller's indictment. "On the contrary, we want to see a united and prosperous European Union, because the European Union is our biggest trade and economic partner".
Moscow retaliated in kind but Putin has repeatedly said the sanctions were ineffective and counter-productive.
It is preferable to neutralize them in Syria than wait until they come to Russian Federation with weapons, he said.
"The 13 people indicted are accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the USA election that allegedly included running a huge social media campaign from their headquarters in St. Petersburg, dubbed the "'troll farm". "The two countries have not revealed a summit date, but depending on the situation, it could come before a summit with the United States", an unnamed South Korean official told Joongang Ilbo.
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"So, we influenced the USA elections, and he gifted us Europe in return?" he asked.
He also blasted US sanctions on Russian Federation, saying the widening use of the restrictions is undermining confidence the dollar as a reserve currency.
When talking about his impressions of Xi, he said: "I've never established such relations or made such arrangements with another foreign colleague as I have with President Xi". I say it because sooner or later it will be understood that these means can not be universal and that they harm everyone.
"The threat of mutual destruction has always restrained participants of the global arena, prevented leading military powers from making hasty moves, and compelled participants to respect each other. You have failed to hold Russian Federation back", the president said.
But he called on the United States to "sit down at the negotiating table" to establish a "modern scheme of worldwide and European security that is appropriate to the present day".
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. He believes that Germany, Spain, Argentina and Brazil are the most likely candidates to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which begins in his homeland on June 14. Putin has promoted it as a chance for the country to showcase its greatness.
Vladimir Putin says personal relationships with all world leaders are important, but tellingly singled out several politicians with whom he drops official titles.
Russian Federation in April banned the popular secure messaging app Telegram, prompting concerns in the country that other platforms, including Instagram and YouTube, could follow.
But the issue of European Union sanctions, imposed on Russia because of its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, will weigh in any official talks he has. He then went on to mention that "we sliced some sausage and drank vodka". "Only different people start to understand that at different times".
Putin was speaking on Thursday during his annual call-in show on state television.
"Overall, we are moving completely in the right direction".
Asked by the event's moderator whether the current government - whose leadership has gone largely unchanged from his previous term - was capable of reaching that goal, Putin assured the "government team was optimal". Moscow is, therefore, rife with speculation about how he will handle that transfer and whether he might name a successor.
"I always use the polite form with him". But there is no successor in the classical sense of the word. He added, however, that it will be up to the Russian people to elect a new president.
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