Russian President Vladimir Putin commented the United States' newly-enforced tariffs on steel and aluminium from Europe, Canada and Mexico, likening the move to 'sanctions' and asking whether they 'annexed Crimea' to deserve such treatment, while speaking during his annual 'Direct Line' Q&A in Moscow on Thursday. During the session, people across Russia have the opportunity to contact President... Еще Putin via telephone, text message or the dedicated website. This year's phone-in line is being held in an updated format. The event-hosting multimedia studio is equipped with video walls along the perimeter that enables Putin to immediately get in contact with regional governors and the cabinet ministers in order to address issues straight away. Another feature of the ongoing session is the absence of a studio audience. Thus, allowing the Russian leader to focus on questions and requests filed by Russian citizens. So far some 2 million questions have been submitted for Putin's Direct Line 2018 Q&A. The first phone-in line with President Putin took place in 2001 when he received around 400,000 questions.