Austrian chancellor calls on European Union to cooperate with Russian Federation

Putin attends a news conference after his meeting with Austrian President Heinz Fischer in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna Austria. (AP

"How low the Western information and political environment has fallen if a restaurateur from Russian Federation could influence elections in the United States or a European country", Putin said.

"The 13 people indicted are accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the USA election that allegedly included running a huge social media campaign from their headquarters in St. Petersburg, dubbed the "'troll farm".

Putin told ORF that the Russian government has no connection to Prigozhin's activities. Ask them, ' he responded, before pointing the finger at financier George Soros, who he said 'interferes in all affairs around the world'.

During the visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin will hold small- and large-scale talks, meet the press together, attend signing ceremonies and welcome banquets, and exchange views on bilateral relations, cooperation in key areas, and other worldwide and regional issues of common concern, said Hua. "The Department of State would tell you that it has no relation to that, it's Mr. Soros' private business".

Mueller's indictment accuses Prigozhin and 12 other Russians of engaging in an alleged election-meddling conspiracy by placing politically divisive posts and ads that reached millions of US voters on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.

Although Russia "pins great hopes on the personal meeting between [US] President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un", the path to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is a "two-way road", Putin explained.

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The Israel Security Agency said a plot to assassinate the PM, orchestrated from Syria, also targeted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat . Barkat said he was kept in the loop throughout the investigation and had not changed his routine at all.

In a phone call to Putin in March, Mr. Trump proposed their holding a summit.

He voiced regret that the US and South Korea failed to stop their military maneuvers.

"In my view, it's a result of the acute political struggle continuing in the U.S.", Putin said.

Ahead of the SCO summit in Qingdao and another bilateral meeting between PM Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale met Chinese vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou. I think this is the main reason, ' he said.

Putin mentioned that he had spoken on the phone with Trump recently about their shared intent to avoid an arms race, adding "I hope that someday this work in the interests of the United States and Russian Federation, indeed in the interests of the whole world, will begin, including between us personally".

On North Korea, Putin says that the prospect of a full-scale military conflict with Pyonyang would be "dreadful", considering that the two nations are neighbors - and some North Korean nuclear test sites are located near the Russian border.

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