Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual marathon press conference yesterday, at which thousands of international reporters can ask him questions for several hours which he responds in a very direct manner. No topic, except for Mr Puttin’s private life, remains untouched.
During the session, he had some very kind words for US President Trump's handling of the US economy. Mr Putin noted that the recent US stock market performance “speaks of investor confidence in the U.S. economy, which means that they trust what President Trump is doing.”
When asked about the investigation into Russian meddling, the Kremlin leader added that this was “invented by people who are in opposition to Trump to characterize his work as illegitimate.”
He lastly stated that he could not understand why special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating contacts with Russian Ambassador Kislyak, stating: “this is a world-wide practice, when a diplomatic representative and even members of government meet with all the candidates, with all their teams. They want to understand what people will do if they come to power and how to react to it.”
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">President Putin and <a href="https://twitter.com/POTUS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@POTUS</a> Trump discussed☎️ topical issues of bilateral relations, as well as the situation in crisis points with an emphasis on the settlement of the nuclear problem on the Korean peninsula.<br>🇷🇺🇺🇸 agreed to continue contacts<br>.<br>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/KremlinRussia_E?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KremlinRussia_E</a> <a href="https://t.co/RFfIpcDmhS">pic.twitter.com/RFfIpcDmhS</a></p>— Russia in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) <a href="https://twitter.com/RusEmbUSA/status/941443147128766464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 14, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Later that evening, there was a conference call between US President Trump and Russian President Putin to discuss various topics ranging from international trade to the North Korean threat as well as Mr Trump thanking Mr Putting for his kind words.
According to the White House statement, Mr Trump "thanked President Putin for acknowledging America’s strong economic performance" earlier in the day.
The two global leaders also discussed the North Korean issue. According to the Russian press release, there was "an emphasis placed on settling the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue," and that the two sides "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea."