Vladimir Putin made a sarcastic offer of asylum to former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey on Thursday, during an attack on Comey's claims of Russian interference in the United States election.
Putin chose to answer 73 questions among the 1.9 million questions he received at the 15th nationally televised "Direct Line" questions-and-answers session.
Comey earlier told the Senate Intelligence Committee in the most eagerly anticipated USA congressional hearing in years that he believed Trump had directed him to drop an FBI probe into the Republican president's former national security adviser as part of the Russian Federation investigation. "We don't see America as our enemy", he said.
PUTIN: (Through interpreter) We would be ready to offer political asylum to Mr. Comey if he's persecuted in the U.S. Yes, it continues from year to year.
According to Russian state media outlet TASS, Putin discussed tensions between President Donald Trump and Comey, who suggested he was sacked due to his role in a Russian election meddling probe, during a Thursday television appearance.
Comey told a U.S. Senate panel last week that he was "confused" and "concerned" by the White House's changing explanation for his recent dismissal, adding that he felt it had something to do with the Russian Federation investigation.
Stone said that many in the intelligence community have claimed that Putin "hacked" the USA election, but he said we don't know that for sure.
He added the two countries also could cooperate on global poverty and preventing climate change.
During the tightly choreographed show, Putin said the country has climbed out of recession despite ongoing Western sanctions, adding that the restrictions have forced Russians to "switch on our brains" to reduce dependence on energy exports.
On Wednesday, The US Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment outlining a new set of sanctions against Russian Federation.
Putin spoke only briefly and obliquely about the opposition protests that swept Moscow and other Russian cities on Monday, organised by opposition politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
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Putin returned as the country's president in 2012 for his third non consecutive term.
Prior to the end of the show, a presenter asked Putin a question sent by a viewer, of what he thinks could be people's feelings about the circus with staged questions.
"We know that now there is a bill in the US Senate regarding toughening sanctions. Why?"