Putin says Russian military not building long-term in Syria

Putin says Russian military not building long-term in Syria

More surprisingly, Putin said that he deploys informal terms when talking to Emmanuel Macron, despite what must have been several tense conversations over sanctions and Syria in the past year.

Finally, Putin answered some World Cup-related questions raised by Chinese netizens.

As anticipated, domestic issues dominated the session. "One can't call this anything else but a joke".

Putin said that Russian Federation needed a strong European Union because of its trade links with the bloc. "We have started on the trajectory towards robust economic growth in Russian Federation". He described it as modest but said he's confident that future "growth is guaranteed".

However, when asked if he will remain in power as prime minister after his current presidential term ends in 2024 - which the constitution dictates must be his last as president - Putin did not rule it out.

Later, Putin ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from the war-torn Mideast country.

"It is not our aim to divide anything or anybody in Europe", Putin said.

The president, who received around 2 million questions by telephone, text, email and social media, addressed Russians during the three-hour televised event - discussing everything from the meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election to a potential third world war.

"Our partners probably thought that these counterproductive policies would never affect them ...", Mr. Putin said. "But now we are seeing that this is happening".

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He also addressed the possibility of a summit between the US and Russian Federation.

The White House's leak on the possiblity of a summit comes as Putin warned that a third world war "would lead to the end of civilisation" as he accused America of violating the nuclear balance.

With opinion polls showing rising discontent with his government, Putin added a new twist to the show's format this year, summoning ministers and regional governors via video link to respond directly to viewers' concerns.

A technician works in a studio during a live broadcast of a nationwide call-in attended by Russian President Putin at a local TV company in Krasnoyarsk, Russia June 7, 2018.

Russia's very real conflicts also figured prominently. Prigozhin, who has been called "Putin's chef" because he runs a catering business, has received billions of dollars worth of Russian state contracts, including with the Russian military.

Zakhar Prilepin, a Russian writer who advises rebels in the Russian-backed, separatist Donetsk region, asked Putin during a televised phone-in to comment about the possibility of Ukraine launching military action during the month-long tournament.

"Our soldiers are there in order to secure Russia's interests in this critically important part of the world, which is so near to us".

Austria says it wants to act as a bridge between Russian Federation and the EU. Giant screens behind Putin scrolled messages from social media users, some far from positive.

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