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Putin, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum in St Petersburg, said Russian Federation could not stand idly by and watch while others increased their military capabilities along its borders in Europe and the Far East.
Regarding the Far East, Putin said Russia's military deployments on a group of Pacific islands also claimed by Japan are driven by Kremlin concerns over the US military buildup in the region.
Putin said he's confident Russia's economy is recovering and his policymakers are working on a series of stimulus plans to further boost growth, citing special economic zones and investment projects. The Washington Post reported that the top ambassador claimed he and the Trump associated discussed the secret channel between Washington and Moscow.
'This destroys the strategic balance in the world, ' Putin told a meeting with global media, the start of which was broadcast on state TV. "I think ISIS can do bad things, and I worry a lot about what is happening with the Muslim faith and I worry about a whole lot of things about it, but it's the Russians who are trying - who tried - to destroy the very fundamental of democracy". 'In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defence system are emerging. "We not only understand each other but also support each other".
We must think about that. "And only then will we be able to reach serious long-term agreements", he said.
Putin said the US will likely continue to build up its missile shield in the region even if North Korea agrees to curb its nuclear and missile programs.
Earlier this week, the Russian leader said the accusations made against his regime were a "fiction" stemming from the "desire of those who lost the USA elections to improve their standing by accusing Russia of interfering".
Participants attend a session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 1, 2017.
That process has accelerated in recent years as New Delhi has orbited closer to Washington, and Russian Federation has fostered relationships with India's chief regional rivals Pakistan and China.
Modi's Russian Federation visit comes at a time when Russian Federation has moved closer to India's adversaries, China and Pakistan, raising unease in New Delhi and also raising a fundamental question: Is Moscow still India's "tried and trusted" friend?
"I can imagine that some do it deliberately, staging a chain of attacks in such a way as to cast Russian Federation as the origin of such attack", he said, according to A.P. "It is simply a forced response to what is happening in the region".
"But, the demilitarization of some islands is not enough".
Tokyo and Moscow have always been locked in talks over the contested islands, known as the Northern Territories in Japan.
Putin cautioned that it's hard for him to form a proper impression of the United States president because they've only ever talked by phone.