Putin: US Political System 'Eats Itself'

Mr Browder's comments made to the culture select committee inquiry into fake news comes amid heightened alarm at Russian assassination-attempts in the UK

"I have no disappointment at all", Putin said about Trump during a wide-ranging interview released on social media on March 7, some two weeks before Russia's presidential election. "Moreover, on a personal level he made a very good impression on me".

Mr Putin praised Mr Trump as a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor.

Venting his frustration with the US political system, Putin said "it has demonstrated its inefficiency and has been eating itself up". "And we know that a mother's love is truly boundless", the president said.

Last month, special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals on charges they used a troll factory in St. Petersburg to carry out a disinformation campaign to sow discord during the election.

Speaking about the bitter tensions in Russia-West relations, Mr Putin said they have been rooted in Western efforts to contain and weaken Russia.

At the same time, the Pentagon official reassured lawmakers that the USA still has enough nuclear and conventional might to counter "revisionist powers" that seek to "reshape the world order and change territorial borders".

G20 Summit During the Interview, he also spoke about meeting Melania Trump when seated next to her during the official dinner in Hamburg, Germany for the G20 summit in July.

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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 United States and its partners should re-evaluate the most likely Russian courses of action and reconsider the mix of military and non-military tools required to defend North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies and Ukraine from potential Russian aggression", the report says. He said that when the two sat next to each other at the G20 summit in Hamburg last summer, they talked about wildlife and fishing in Russian Federation.

Responding to a question about Russia's growing global leverage, Mr Putin responded: "If we play strongly with weak cards, it means the others are just poor players, they aren't as strong as it seemed, they must be lacking something".

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

"We need to make sure that the innovative component of Russia's development is the main driver of the country's development".

With a $4 trillion GDP in terms of Purchasing Power Parity (PPP), Russia has become the sixth-largest economy in the world after China, the United States, India, Japan and Germany.

He added that, if Putin wanted to kill Skripal, he could simply have executed him when the former double agent was found guilty of treason in 2010.

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