Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual live call-in show on Thursday, likened former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, saying Comey too was now eligible for a political asylum in Russia.
The trolling concluded when Putin said that "by the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russian Federation".
Putin said that Comey's release of records of his conversations with President Donald Trump equated to being an activist, like former United States intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who lives in Russian Federation under asylum. He compared the leaks by the former FBI Director to those by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
Russia wants ties with the USA improved, but the American domestic political situation is close to hopeless and while the Russian door is open, no one is going to lose their breath waiting to hold it open, political analyst Adam Garrie said, commenting on Putin's statement.
"We have never engaged in any cyber attack", the Russian leader said.
"Thousands of militants from the former Soviet Union and from today's Russian Federation are fighting there [in Syria], and they can return to us, and we cannot allow it".
KIM: The show was present on all social media platforms, and citizens could pose their questions by phone, text message or even a special app. Mothers who had lost their homes in floods and fires appealed directly for help.
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He bowled to his field, swung the ball into the right-hander, and his only real fault was to concede a few late extras. Paceman Hasan Ali led a disciplined attack with a man-of-the-match return of three for 35 from his maximum 10 overs.
Responding to one of the questions from his Online with the Population, to which processing center receives 120 per minute, Putin said that there was always a kind of pretext to impose restrictions on this nation.
Putin said Russia's influence over Americans' minds was no greater than American influence from US -based NGOs in the countries they do work in.
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He also derided efforts to strengthen US sanctions against Russia: "Nothing has changed why are they talking about sanctions - it's evidence of domestic political problems in the U.S".
But the Kremlin strongman ignored more biting questions from viewers about jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his plans to stand for a fourth term, which appeared on-screen in an apparent glitch.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the 15th annual "Direct Line" Q&A session in Moscow. Putin said that a slump in oil prices had been a more important factor in Russia's economic slowdown than the sanctions.
KIM: "It's a very tough situation", Putin said from the sleek Moscow studio. When asked about his grandchildren, he appealed for privacy, saying he feared being candid on the subject could deprive them of a normal childhood.