Russian President Vladimir Putin said he does not understand why British Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave or remain in theEuropean Union (EU).
After two days of meetings with top European officials and worldwide executives, Russian President Vladimir Putin sounded reconciliatory in a round-table with global media Friday. The Russian President stated that Russia is ready to work with whoever is elected the new USA president and offering only a mild condemnation of the IAAF's decision to ban Russian track and field athletes from competing in the upcoming Olympics. "We need to bring back trust to Russia-European relations and restore the level of cooperation".
"I don't think this is very proper to engage Russian Federation in all the problems, even if we are not involved in it, to make Russian Federation a scarecrow", Putin said.
According to Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the considerable increase of foreign companies attending this year's forum as compared to the previous years' event confirms that they don't see any reason to hide doing business with the Russian Federation.
Vladimir Putin said that he believes nations should welcome as many migrants as they can afford supporting.
He appeared keen, however, to hedge Russia's bets by avoiding the impression he was taking sides, and emphasized his "warm relations" with former US President Bill Clinton, whose wife Hillary is running for the White House. "If we want to promote the principle of democracy, let's do so with democratic instruments", the Russian leader told the forum, while cautioning that it's a "complicated process that will take time." . As for Europe, he called for improved relations with leaders there.
However, the enigmatic Russian leader wouldn't say what those next steps would be.
Putin deflected a question from The Canadian Press about possible Canadian participation in those deployments, and instead launched into a lengthy denunciation of the United States for deploying its ground-based missile system in Poland.
Putin also dealt with other issues in his remarks.