PUTIN: Using Russia Card to Bait Trump Plays Into Our Hands


MOSCOW – The attempts to humiliate US President Donald Trump by accusing him of ties with Russia just play into Moscow’s hands and upgrades its status, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

“When someone is trying to humiliate or insult the incumbent head of state they anyway elevate you and me and talk about our incredible influence and might. To a certain degree, this plays into our hands,” Putin noted in an interview with Rossiya-24 TV channel on Wednesday.

The Russian president stated that Moscow is not interfering in the US election campaign, it is up to voters to make their choice about the candidates.

“Voters, in this case, US citizens, should evaluate the positions of the candidates running for president of such a great world power, frankly speaking, like the United States,” he commented.

“We are uninvolved onlookers, we are not interfering,” the Russian leader noted.

“It is none of our business, after all, let them deal with each other as they see fit based on the developments unfolding,” the leader added.

Speaking about the mutual harshness and direct insults that the candidates come up with during the current campaign, Putin branded them as “manifestations of the level of political culture or lack thereof”.

“However, I repeat, we do not get into this. It is all dictated by domestic processes of political nature, domestic political issues and US issues,” the president stressed.

Putin said that Russia is willing to work with any US president who will be elected by US citizens, adding, “We will be ready to work with any future US president, with the person who the American people will vest their trust in.”

Putin pointed out that there were many positives and negatives in the bilateral relations during Trump’s time in the office.

Speaking of positives, he particularly lauded the increased trade volume and stabilization on energy markets, while among negatives, Putin said, were sanctions and US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

“[Presidential] candidate [Joe] Biden has publicly said that he is ready to extend New START [Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms] or to sign a new treaty on limiting strategic offensive arms,” the Russian leader noted, adding, “It is already a serious element of our possible cooperation in the future.”

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