Putin lauds Trump: 'No disappointment at all'

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Of the 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies recently indicated in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller - some of which were referred to as Putin's "close friends" by Kelly during the interview - Putin said he has "no idea" what they did or what caused them to do what they did.

Putin recalled that "other nations went through similar tragedies: I don't even mention small ethnic groups, like the Roma who were exterminated en masse - I mean the Slavs", he said. "When you talk about fishing, you can't help exaggerating". "It is quite hard to interact with such system because it is unpredictable", Putin emphasized.

The former KGB agent promised he hadn't tried to "turn" Melania Trump, "no, I stopped doing that a long time ago".

Trump and Putin shake hands during a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7.

Russia's last female leader was Catherine the Great, who died in 1796, and the only woman standing in a presidential election this month, Kseniya Sobchak, has around one percent of the projected vote.

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During the Maidan events in Kiev in 2014, Washington asked Moscow to persuade then-president Viktor Yanukovych not to use the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

"Few expected us to act so quickly and so resolutely, not to say daringly", Putin said.

The unreleased memo claimed that Russian Federation could have persuaded Trump asking for a secretary of state who could possibly reduce sanctions put in place for its annexation of Crimea and work with Russian Federation on security concerns, quoted Newsweek.

"Russia will be actively developing military-technical cooperation with all interested countries, including in most high-tech segments of aviation, air defense, ground troops and the Navy that have demonstrated their utmost efficiency during the Syrian operation", Putin said. Russian Federation has denied any involvement in the sudden collapse of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, who are both in critical condition in hospital, as the substance thought to have caused their illness is investigated by experts at the Porton Down research base in Wiltshire. "If someone makes a decision to destroy Russian Federation, then we have a legitimate right to respond". But then Russia has denied its troops were in Crimea when they clearly were, denied interfering in the U.S. election when it clearly did and denied a passenger plane flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down by pro-Moscow rebels using a Russian-made Buk missile, killing 298 people, despite convincing evidence.

"Yes, this will be a global catastrophe for the world, but as a Russian citizen, as the Russian president, I want to ask a question: who needs the world without Russia?"