Putin on Trump: 'I am not his bride'

Putin on Trump: 'I am not his bride'

Putin then called the question "naive" and said the two men are simply "engaged in state activity".

"He's not my bride", Putin told a reporter who asked if he was dismayed or disappointed with Trump. The Russian leader also came out strongly against the USA actions against its consulates.

But relations have been damaged by accusations from USA intelligence officials that Russian Federation sought to meddle in the presidential election. Multiple agencies are investigating whether the Trump campaign worked directly with Russian Federation in that effort.

Putin repeated boilerplate about how he and President Donald Trump defended their national interests, but laced his remarks with bitter jokes.

Mr Putin added he would order his foreign ministry to take legal action over alleged violations of property rights.

The US expelled a number of Russian diplomats and ordered several consulates closed because of the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In July, Moscow responded, ordering the United States to cut the number of its diplomatic and technical staff working in Russian Federation by around 60 percent, to 455.

Ukrainian lawmaker Iryna Gerashchenko said the proposal twisted earlier calls from President Petro Poroshenko for a peacekeeping force to police the entire conflict zone, including his country's border with Russian Federation.

The statement comes after Moscow imposed a September 1 deadline for the USA diplomatic mission to cut its staff to 455.

However, he took a tough line on the United States "unprecedented" confiscation of Russian diplomatic buildings, pledging to seek legal redress in court.

Without directly naming the United States, he said that putting pressure on North Korea would be pointless, saying that North Korea would "eat grass but will not stop this program unless it feels safe".

The Trump administration last week ordered the closure of three Russian facilities in the US: The San Francisco consulate and trade missions in NY and Washington.

But the Russian leader said he still hopes they can improve their relationship.



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