Vladimir Putin to Corporate America: You should 'help' President Trump

Nick Mcbride
June 3, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was wrong to leak U.S. spy secrets, but is no traitor.

In a speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said that foreign direct investment in Russian Federation reached 7 billion USA dollars in the first quarter of 2017, up 2.3 percent year on year, the best performance in the past three years.

"This useless and harmful chatter needs to stop", Putin told Russia's annual showcase economic forum in Saint Petersburg. "It was only after 9/11 that the world understood the true horrors of terrorism and the fact that it has no boundaries", he said.

Putin also criticized USA eavesdropping on its own allies like Germany, saying such activity inevitably backfired.

At a meeting with U.S. business leaders earlier Putin urged them to help Moscow establish a dialogue with Trump, as ties remains deadlocked amid probes into possible collusion.

"No hackers can have a radical impact on an election campaign in another country", adding that "no information can be imprinted in voters' minds, in the minds of a nation, and influence the final outcome and the final result".

Despite the conclusion from the US intelligence community that hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was directed by Russia, Putin maintains his country was not involved.

Putin said the attack was a provocation meant to put the blame on the Syrian ruler, insisting that "Assad didn't use those weapons". Trump has similarly accused Democrats of politicizing congressional and federal investigations into the interference. He described the focus on Kislyak's contacts as "catastrophic nonsense".

While much of the discussion in Saint Petersburg was dominated by politics Putin also attempted to burnish Russia's economic prospects as it inches its way out of the longest recession in two decades sparked by a slump in oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. Putin said. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs".

The Prime Minister further said that in the eighties and nineties, the world did not fully understand terrorism and the dangers it posed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said India is a fast-growing economy and soon it will be one of the top three destinations for investment in the world.

Vladimir Isachenkov reported from Moscow.

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