Putin to run as an independent in 2018 presidential race

President Donald Trump seen here on Wednesday Dec

At his annual news conference, Vladimir Putin said contacts between the Trump team and Russian officials before last year's election were normal.

The president is certain that Trump's opponents concocted all the allegations about Russia's supposed meddling in the USA election.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded Putin ordered a campaign meant to influence the US vote with a preference for Trump to defeat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Trump has said his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation.

Russian President Vladimir Putin submitted to the lower house of the Russian parliament an agreement with Syria on expanding the Russian Navy's base in Syria's Tartous.

Klopp: Liverpool must accept West Brom frustration
Klopp's team built up ominous momentum in the second half but the all-important breakthrough eluded them. However, West Brom haven't scored a goal in the two games they've played since Pardew took over.

Trump is being restrained from pursuing better relations with Russian Federation, yet Putin believes that ties are expected to be normalized.

Asked by a reporter what he thought about Trump's record in office, Putin said it was not for him to judge, but that he saw significant achievements from the Trump administration.

He expressed hope that this would happen, adding that globally "there are many things we can do more effectively".

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