Russians troll Putin during live call-in show

Russians troll Putin during live call-in show

Russia is willing to grant asylum to former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey if he is persecuted in the US, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

In fact, Vladimir Vladimirovich showed that Comey in this situation is a human rights defender, not the leader of the security services.

Putin, on an apparent sarcastic note, added that if Comey "continues to be persecuted in this connection, we will be ready to provide political asylum to him", according to various news outlets.

Comey testified last week that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with US President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russian Federation investigation into alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election.

Vladimir Putin isn't giving a direct answer when asked whether he will be Russia's President this time next year, saying only that the Russian people should decide who succeeds him.

In the 15th episode of his annual call-in show, Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin accused America of meddling overseas.

During his testimony before the senate intelligence committee, Comey said he wrote the memo as an unclassified document and did so out of an abundance of caution to corroborate his account of that meeting with Trump in March.

Putin mixed the tough talk with benevolent promises about the Russian economy to disgruntled callers complaining about decrepit housing and low salaries during the four-hour marathon meant to burnish his father-of-the-nation image.

The 2017 edition aired Thursday, during which Putin addressed tensions with the U.S. According to a report from NBC News, Putin stressed the idea that Russian Federation is not even an enemy of the United States in the first place.

On Wednesday, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve further sanctions against Russian Federation.

After the show, Mr Putin was asked by the BBC about a recent wave of street protests.

He then claimed that it was then-FBI Director James Comey who influenced the election in his opinion. "The Syrian issue, the Middle East issue - it's obvious to everyone that nothing will be achieved without our constructive dialogue", Putin said.

But he displayed rather detailed knowledge of what Comey had said, noting that he had not provided evidence of alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

Stone released the transcript of his interviews with the Russian President recorded between the year 2015 and 2017 that had been aired by the Showtime television network earlier, reports Sputnik.

Earlier, Putin said in his annual question-and-answer call-in that Russian Federation and China had common economic development tasks.

"If our partners lift the sanctions. we will have to do the same, otherwise there would be problems under the World Trade Organisation", he said.