Putin, Trump 'Regularly Talk' Over the Phone

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'In a recent telephone conversation, Donald said he was anxious about the possibility of a new arms race.

"We do not pursue the objective of dividing anything or anyone in the EU", Putin told broadcaster ORF.

"In a recent telephone conversation, Donald said he was anxious about the possibility of a new arms race".

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gestures during a joint news conference with Austria's President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria June 5, 2018.

He called for experts to 'start working in a concrete way'.

"The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the global arena that are highly risky for modern civilization", Putin said during his annual televised call-in show where he fields questions from the public.

'As for personal meetings, I think that the possibility of these meetings depends to a large extent on the internal political situation in the United States.

"If we take this together with an earlier joke, that Russian Federation influenced elections in the United States, then this all taken together, starts sounding pretty amusing", he said.

"I hope that things won't get to such provocations but if that does happen, I think that it will have very dire consequences for Ukrainian statehood as a whole", Putin said. When asked about the best joke he heard recently, Putin cited a recent German news report about Trump "pushing Europe into Putin's hands" and other reports of Russia's interference.

"The Austrians have conveyed their willingness to host a meeting between President Trump and President Putin", the official said on Thursday.

"It can't be otherwise, particularly after the tragic events in Libya and Iraq", Putin said. 'Indeed, he runs a restaurant business, it is his job. It is expected that a new contract between the two countries, ensuring gas deliveries until the year 2040, will be signed during the trip.

Putin had been asked about the visa problems being experienced by billionaire Roman Abramovich in Britain.

Putin also denied the accusations against Yevgeny V. Prigozhin, one of the Russians indicted by Mueller who has been accused of orchestrating the so-called "troll farm" that was used to influence American politics in 2016.

"I try to be on first-name terms with many - nearly all - politicians". Ask them, ' he responded, before pointing the finger at financier George Soros, who he said 'interferes in all affairs around the world'.