Russia's foes will 'be served poison' - Putin


"If we achieve this. then, without a doubt, Russian Federation will retain its status a great power, including the defense capability of the state", Putin said in the documentary film "World Order 2018" by journalist Vladimir Solovyev.

Asked if he was disappointed with Mr Trump, Mr Putin told state TV that he had no such feeling, adding he had a very positive impression of Mr Trump, whom he met on the sidelines of worldwide summits a year ago.

Although he lavished praise on the president, Putin was not at all complimentary about American politics, because "it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating himself up".

When asked about his countries hopes for better relations with the United States and the ongoing investigations into the allegation that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the presidential election, Putin said that the tensions in relations have been caused by the Western efforts to weaken and contain Russian Federation.

He said he told her and the wife of the Italian prime minister "about Siberia and Kamchatka, about fishing ... about bears on Kamchatka and tigers in the Far East".

The Russian president also avoided any blame for tensions between Russia and the West, saying that western countries had long tried to weaken and control Moscow.

"We treat it with great respect", he said.

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He has also downplayed conclusions by USA intelligence services that Moscow interfered in the US presidential election in 2016 and warnings that it will likely continue to do so.

I made some exaggerations.

The former KGB agent promised he hadn't tried to "turn" Melania Trump, "no, I stopped doing that a long time ago". He said he was particularly dismayed by what he described as the US role in the ouster of Ukraine's Russia-friendly president in February 2014 amid massive protests.

"We are a great power, and no one likes competition", said Putin, noting his dismay at reported United States involvement in Ukraine's 2014 protests that led to the ouster of Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Few expected us to act so quickly and so resolutely, not to say daringly", Putin said.

"We need to make sure that the innovative component of Russia's development is the main driver of the country's development". He added starkly: "Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world".

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