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

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

He described the focus on Kislyak's contacts as "catastrophic nonsense". "There is no specific evidence, no facts, just assumptions, allegations and conclusions based on those allegations nothing more".

"Help us to set up a normal political dialogues", Putin said. "We ought to be aware of the danger (terrorism)", he said. "They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated".

Explaining the talents of youth in India, he said: "There have been lot of attempts taken by several countries to reach Mars, but it was only India who had managed to reach Mars in a single trial".

During his address at a plenary session earlier in the day, Putin said that foreign investors and experts have noted high quality of Russia's macroeconomic policy.

"[In the vedas] it was mentioned...we have the right to milk nature, however, we do not have the right to exploit nature", he said.

"Help us restore normal political dialogue", Putin told executives from major USA companies during a business roundtable at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

"We are getting out, but we are starting to negotiate and we'll see if we can make a deal that's fair", Trump said at the White House.

U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping Trump's election victory, and the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation have broken the Kremlin's hopes for a detente with Washington.

"What else is the ambassador supposed to do?"

"Maybe someone has a pill that will cure this hysteria", Putin added.

He also spoke at length about North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, asking why President Trump has griped that members of the organization are not spending enough. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs".

Asked about President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Putin stopped short of condemning Trump.

"A 3-year-old can perpetrate such an attack", Putin said.

Trump said, according to the Paris Climate deal terms, China will be allowed many coal plants, and India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020, but not the US.

Speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin said he did not want to judge Trump for his decision, but thought Washington could have remained in the 2015 Paris climate pact by amending the scale of existing US undertakings.

  • Joey Payne