There aren’t any wedding bells in Vladimir Putin and President Trump’s future.
The Russian strongman said as much at an economic summit in China when asked if he thought the man many think he helped put into office was a bust as a politician.
The President is “not my bride, and I’m not his groom,” Putin said in comments run by Russian media.
“Trump is guided by the national interests of his country, and I by mine. I very much hope that we will be able, as the current U.S. president has said, to reach some compromise in resolving bilateral and international problems.”
Putin added it’d be “absolutely wrong” for Russians to discuss U.S. politics, especially how the Kremlin would feel about Trump potentially getting impeached.
The longtime Russian president has denied his country tried to influence last year’s U.S. election, something all 17 intelligence agencies agree it did.
He added that Moscow won’t hit back at the U.S. “for the time being” after the State Department last week ordered the Russian Consulate in San Francisco be shut down.
And though he vowed not to discuss U.S. politics, Putin slammed Washington’s latest push for even tougher sanctions against North Korea.
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley pushed for even tougher sanctions at the body’s emergency Security Council meeting Monday, saying North Korea was “begging for war.”
Russia and China, North Korea’s two largest allies, are pushing for a diplomatic resolution.
Putin called the hermetic nation’s missile tests “provocative,” according to reports, but said sanctions at this point are “useless and ineffective.”
“They’d rather eat grass than abandon their (nuclear weapons) programme unless they feel secure,” Putin is quoted as saying.
“And what can establish security? The restoration of international law. We should promote dialogue among all interested parties.”
“Military hysteria,” which has been beefed up with rhetorical barbs between North Korea and Trump, could lead to a global crisis, the ex-spy warned.
North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear weapon test over the weekend after announcing it successfully made a hydrogen bomb.
Han Tae-song, the dictatorship’s ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, said Tuesday that North Korea’s latests actions are a “gift package addressed to the U.S.”
With News Wire Services