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.
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.
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."
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.
Assad: Idlib Chemical Attack a 'Cover Up for American Intervention in Syria'
Syrian President Bashar called the Idlib chemical attack in Syria "a cover up for the American intervention" in the country, which President Donald Trump intended to use to get support in his home country amid various conflicts with the members of the US establishment.
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."
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.
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.
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.
NBC Claims Putin Personally Involved in US Election Hack
NBC News is now pushing a story that unnamed “senior intelligence officials” told them that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in hacking the US election.
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.
India, Russia and China Could Fight for Free Trade Against US Protectionism
Whether it is targeting the Indian IT industry by overhauling the H-1B visa program, or warning Japan and South Korea on trade deals, the US-led by President Donald Trump is moving against free trade. In such a scenario, Russia, India and China offer hope for saving free trade, experts said.
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.
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.
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.
'Slap in the Face': Vatican Outraged Over US Exit From Paris Climate Deal
US President Donald Trump deciding to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement would be a "slap in the face," a Vatican Pontifical Academy of Sciences official said on Thursday, according to US media reports.
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."
Moldova Entering Roadmap With EAEU May Require Scrapping EU Association – Dodon
Signing a memorandum on cooperation between Moldova and Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) does not contradict EU Association Agreement, but entering the roadmap with EAEU, which would be the next step, may require a review of the agreement with the bloc, or even its nullification, Moldovan President Igor Dodon said on Monday.
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's Survival 'Challenged' Due to Its Weakness, 'Threat of Disintegration'
This year has become a crisis year for the European Union, with the European community being in such a "weakened" state that its survival is not guaranteed, German magazine Focus Online wrote.
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.
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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