Russia: 'Are you like normal people or what?' — Putin slams US stance on N.Korea

«You are interesting guys!» exclaimed Russian President Vladimir Putin to an American journalist questioning if Russia is going to cooperate with the US on the North Korean issue. The question was asked at Putin's annual press conference at the World Trade Centre in Moscow, Thursday. The Russian President said that American politicians «put us in the same row with North Korea and Iran, while at... Еще the same time pushing the president [Trump] to persuade us together with you to solve the problems of North Korea and the Iranian nuclear program,» adding «Are you like normal people or what?» He then explained his position on North Korea saying that Russia will be cooperating with the US only in if the US «relies on common sense,» adding that «Mr. Tillerson announced that the US was ready for direct contacts. That is a very good signal.» The event is Putin’s 13th press conference and is being held in a live question and answer format. Among the accredited Russian and foreign media outlets are AFP, Bloomberg, Xinhua News Agency, CNN and the Guardian. Reporters from regional press outlets, such as Unknown Siberia and Arkhyz 24, will also have a chance to ask questions. Last year 1,437 journalists were accredited for the event, with 48 of them managing to ask their questions. Putin answered 67 questions last year. This year 1,640 Russian and foreign journalists have been accredited. The 2008 press conference is still the longest ever — at four hours 40 minutes. Putin answered 106 questions during that event. The second longest presser was in 2012, lasting four hours 33 min.

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