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    Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about Russia's alleged role in the US election, Syrian President Bashar Assad, the routes of the North Korean nuclear program and the US exit from the Paris climate according during a SPIEF-2017 session.

    The plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) 2017 was held on June 2, with Russian President Vladimir Putin, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern and President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon taking part in the discussion.

    The moderator of this year's plenary session is NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly.

    The SPIEF-2017 kicked off in St. Petersburg on Thursday and will continue through Saturday. Sputnik is an official media partner of SPIEF.

     

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    • 17:08

      Putin Says Common Threats, Including Nukes' Possession Expansion, Should Unite Countries

      When speaking about things that can unite the world, Putin said that common challenges, including the threat of the expansion of nuclear weapons' possession, should unite countries.

      He emphasized that many threats unite the world and issues should be solved jointly.

      President Vladimir Putin attends 2017 St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Day Two
      © Sputnik / Alexei Druzhinin
    • 17:05

      There Are States Who Supply Arms and Money to Terrorists - Modi

      Indian Prime Minister Modi said that Putin is right on the need to jointy fight against terrorism.

      He said that there are even countries who still provide terrorists in the Middle East with weapons and money.

      Modi emphasized that terrorists shouldn't be divided on "good" and "bad."

    • 16:53

      Putin on Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons by Assad Forces: 'No Proof at All'

      Putin said commenting on allegations of Syrian President Bashar Assad's army using chemical weapons in the Idlib province that "there is no proof at all."

      When asked about the footages of the Khan Sheikhun alleged chemical weapons attack, Putin said that Assad did not use chemical weapons and the "provocation" was done to accuse him. He added that Russian special services obtained information that other chemical attacks had been planned in Syria, including on Damascus' outskirts, however, apparently terrorists didn't do it because Moscow made the data public.

      Putin also questioned why experts did not agree to visit the Syrian army's airbase where the alleged chemical weapons had been stored, saying that "they know there're no chemical weapons there and want to cover it up."

      He added that it is confirmed that Damascus has destroyed chemical weapons it had possessed. He said that it is well known that terrorists in Syria possess chemical weapons.

      "Yes, Assad made some mistakes, but those who accuse him, are they angels?" Putin said. He added that the situation in Syria would have been different without foreign interference.

      Civil defense members inspect the damage at a site hit by airstrikes on Tuesday, in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria April 5, 2017
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      A man breathes through an oxygen mask as another one receives treatments, after what rescue workers described as a suspected gas attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in rebel-held Idlib, Syria

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    • 16:48

      Putin on Sanctions Against Russia: Time to Stop

      Putin said that Russia cannot unilaterally implement Minsk agreements which should be implemented by Ukrainian authorities who don't abide by them.

      "Why all questions are only to Russia?!" Putin emphasized.

      Speaking of sanctions against Russia, Putin said that "better this shouldn't have happened, it's time to stop it."

    • 16:45

      Abuse of Power Leads to Problems Like N Korean Nuke Program - Putin

      Putin said that the abuse of power in global politics leads to problems like the situation around North Korea, adding that Pyongyang defends itself from external pressure.

      The Russian president said that the DPRK cannot find another way to defend itself other than to develop its nuclear program and other states can also follow this move.

      A man enters the US Treasury Department building on Pennsylvania Avenue on January 24, 2017, in Washington, DC.

      Washington Using 'Obsolete' Tactic by Imposing Sanctions on Russia Over N Korea

      The United States has used an approach that has outlived itself by slapping restrictive measures on a Russian citizen and three Russian companies over their alleged ties to the North Korean missile and nuclear efforts, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Sputnik.
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    • 16:36

      Putin on Russian Ambassador Kislyak's Meetings With US Officials: 'It's His Job'

      Putin said commenting on Russian Ambassador in the US Sergei Kislyak's meetings with American officials, the Russian president said that "it's his job, he is paid for that."

      The Russian president said he is aware of the ambassador's talks with former Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, saying he sees nothing bad in them.

      Putin said that it is a normal diplomatic practice, adding that Kislyak discussed bilateral ties with US officials, how to move forward.

      "Or you think it's not important and not worth a discussion?" Putin asked.

      He called the information campaign against Kislyak "hysteria."

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      Alleging that Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak could be involved in espionage is a form of harassment, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.
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    • 16:25

      Not Many Countries in the World Have Sovereignty, Russia Values its Own

      Not many countries in the world have sovereignty; Russia values its own, Putin said.

      Putin said that India is also one of the truly sovereign states, adding that Moscow thanks New Delhi for not yielding to extrenal calls on India to stop cooperation with Russia.

      He said that China is also a state which values its independence, but there are really few other states which are really sovereign.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017.
      © REUTERS / Sergei Savostyanov/TASS/Host Photo Agency
    • 16:20

      Putin on Allegations of Russia's Interference in US Election: 'Just Stop it'

      Putin was once again asked about alleged Russian interference in the US election, adding that all Democrats and Republicans involved in the probe believe Moscow had intervened in the election process in the US.

      Putin asked if the journalist read the US report on Russia's alleged role, adding that he did and it was based only on assumptions.

      He questioned the independency of the Russia probe, adding that there's noting completely independent in the world and personnel appointments in US special services prove that.

      Putin mocked the allegations that there are Russian hackers' fingerprints in the case of the DNC account cyberattack. He said: fingerprints of what exactly? Fingerprints of snouts and horse hooves? Even IP addresses could easily be faked.

      He said that the Democrats should have simply agreed that it had failed to attract voters, adding that their is no desinformation in information on manipulations of the Dems in the US and the resignation of the head of the chief of Hillary Clinton's staff proves it.

      "Just stop it," he concluded, commenting on the baseless claims.

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    • 16:14

      Putin, Modi on Russia-China-India Ties

      Modi said that the world is unipolar no more and states are interdependent.

      He said that India-Russia ties are based on trust.

      Meanwhile, Putin said that Russia, China and India cooperate via BRICS. He said that he, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi all believe that it is needed to find two-way streets, not seek dead ends.

      An Indian national flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem. (File)

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    • 16:06

      Disputes Over NATO Will Help Russia Only if Alliance Ceases to Exist - Putin

      Putin was asked whether Russia would benefit from recent disputes over NATO. He joked that Russia would benefit only if the alliance ceases to exist.

      Putin added that NATO is an instrument of US' foreign policy.

      He reitereated that Moscow is concerned over NATO pulling its infrastructure toward Russia's borders.

      The absence of mechanisms of coordination between Russia and NATO is bad and issues such as fight against terrorism should be solved jointly, Putin said.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017.
      © REUTERS / Grigory Dukor
    • 16:03

      Trump Wants to Weaken EU's Interests in the Big Game - Austrian Chancellor

      The Austrian chancellor said that it has become clear that Trump wants to weaken EU's interests in the "big game."

      He was asked to comment on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's recent statement saying that Europe can no longer wholly rely on the US and NATO.

      He criticized Trump over the decision on the US exit from the Paris climate deal.

      erman Chancellor and head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel speaks during the Trudering festival in Munich, Germany, May 28, 2017

      Merkel Hints Europe Can No Longer Rely on US, Britain

      Following this week's NATO and G7 summits, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Europe "must take its fate into its own hands" as it sees the Western alliance divided by Brexit as well as Trump's reluctance to uphold the 2015 Paris climate accords, local media reported.
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    • 15:53

      Putin on US Exit From Paris Climate Accord

      Putin joked that despite the fact that Russia "doesn't feel" the effect of global warming as it has been snowing in Moscow today and raining in St. Petersburg, the Paris climate accord is a "good deal." He continued the joke by saying that Russia should be thankful to Trump as now he could be blamed even for bad weather in Moscow.

      He said that Russia has yet to ratify the agreement, adding that Moscow is waiting for the rules on resource alolocation to be formed as part of the deal.

      Putin said that Trump shouldn't have withdrawn the US from the accord as it is of a "framework nature."

      But he said that he won't judge Trump decision as the US president probably believes that the document is not well-thought-out.

      Putin warned against making a fuss over the US exit from the Paris deal and urged to establish conditions for joint work. He added that the agreement comes into force in 2021, adding that there's still time.

      "Don't worry, be happy," he concluded.

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    • 15:44

      Moldovan President Says World Ceased to Be Unipolar

      Moldovan President Igor Dodon said that the world ceased to be unipolar, new centers of power emerge.

      He said that no state should impose its rules and culture on others.

      Dodon slammed Moldova's Agreement on the Association with the EU, saying that it is "enslaving" and only Brussels benefits from it.

      He said that Moldova would build its ties with every interested state which would respect its sovereignty.

      Dodon emphasized that states should not become pawns in a "geopolitical game."

      Signature ceremony of the Association Agreements between the EU and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine

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    • 15:35

      Austrian Chancellor Says Claims of Europe's Death Preliminary

      Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern cited a US writer, Mark Twain, as saying that rumors of Europe's death are preliminary, adding that EU would overcome challenges.

      He said that Europe's economy has shown growth lately, showing a positive trend.

      The Austrian leader emphasized that defending environment is not just about climate change, it's also about economy, saying that US President Donald Trump is wrong to believe that the US exit from the Paris climate deal will benefit American workers.

      EU flag is seen in front of the EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels. (File)

      EU's Survival 'Challenged' Due to Its Weakness, 'Threat of Disintegration'

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    • 15:15

      Indian PM Modi Says India Developing Infrastructure as Part of 'New India' Plan

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is developing infrastructure.

      He said that the country is moving toward becoming a "New India."

      He added that India as a sovereign state is quite young and works on the development of its economy.

      India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017.
      © Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
    • 14:57

      Putin on Social Inequality in Russia

      Many countries face the issue, Putin said, commenting on a question on social inequality in Russia when some 1 percent of the population possesses more money than most other part of the people.

      He said that Russia is working to solve the issue as it is very sensitive for the country.

      Authorities must help rich people invest money in the development in the country's economy, not in consumption of goods, he said.

      Russia's program of development must pressupose modern economy generating income, he added.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017.
      © Sputnik / Vladimir Astapkovich
    • 14:42

      Investment Growth Into Russia Exceeds GDP Growth - Putin

      Russia is aimed to develop digital economy, Putin said.

      He added that Russian inflation would be lower than projected - below 4 percent.

      Russian economy starts to recover, the Russian president said. He added that foreign investors and experts have noted high quality of Russia's macroeconomic policy.

      The investment growth into Russia exceeds GDP growth, this trend should be maintained, he said.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with representatives of international news agencies in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 1, 2017.

      No Foreign Companies Left Russian Market Despite Difficulties – Putin at SPIEF

      None of the foreign companies operating in Russia have withdrawn from the country despite political and economic difficulties over recent years, Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Thursday.
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    • 14:35

      'Geopolitical Games' Should be Put Aside to Solve Global Challenges - Putin

      Putin said that Russia is ready for cooperation with foreign businesses, for realization of joint projects.

      He said that global economic issues could be solved only jointly.

      World faces systemic long-term challenges, thus, geopolitical games and strifes should be put aside in order to solve them, Putin said.

      (R-L) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Moldovan President Igor Dodon attend a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017.
      © REUTERS / Grigory Dukor
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