Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Putin Tells Austrian Reporter He and Trump ‘Regularly Talk Over the Phone’

Putin Tells Austrian Reporter He and Trump ‘Regularly Talk Over the Phone’

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"They are harmful for everyone, those who put them in place and those who are targeted", he said.

The country's new government of conservatives and populists, headed by the youthful Mr. Kurz, 32, is more pro-Russian than ever due to the presence of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party in the coalition formed last December.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reviews a guard of honor upon Putin's arrival at Hofburg palace on June 5, 2018 in Vienna, Austria. "I believe that this is an erroneous policy, because one should not try and contain anyone, including Russian Federation, but foster cooperation, which would produce a beneficial effect for the global economy", he said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he "fully" agrees with President Donald Trump on the treat of a new arms race with the US - and denied that the oligarch known as "Putin's chef" could have influenced the 2016 elections.

Asked during a joint press conference whether Austria's dependence on Russian gas made the country prone to economic blackmail, Van der Bellen answered that American liquefied gas was two or three times more expensive than Russian gas.

Putin said in an interview with the China Media Group that current sanctions against Russian Federation "neither surprise nor scare us".

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Over the weekend, Strache - whose party in 2016 signed a cooperation agreement with the main Kremlin party, United Russia - said it was time to lift sanctions against Russia.

During the visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin will hold small- and large-scale talks, meet the press together, attend signing ceremonies and welcome banquets, and exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in key areas, and other global and regional issues of common concern, said Hua.

TRT World's Simon McGregor-Wood weighs in on Putin's visit to Austria. "If need be, we will be able to promptly withdraw our military personnel at no material costs", he said.

On March 4, former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found slumped on a bench near a shopping center in Salisbury, England. Austria takes over the rotating European Union presidency in July and says it wants to act as a bridge between east and west.

Putin's sixth official visit to traditionally neutral Austria marks the 50th anniversary of the start of Soviet gas deliveries to the country.

On Tuesday, Polish President Andrzej Duda, speaking alongside visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said the pipeline could undermine security in central and eastern Europe.

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