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Sergey Lavrov
We assume that contact will take place, as the two presidents will at the same time be in one town, in one building, in one room.feedback
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NEW Jun 28 2017
Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton, Dmitry Peskov and Madeleine Albright, are the people who have been quoted the greatest number of times about Trump-Putin. You can find them on this page and an additional total of 169 people who have something to say about this topic. All the 390 quotes on this page are sorted by date and by name. You can also have access to the articles to get the context of the quotes. The most recent quote from Vladimir Putin is: “Stalin was a product of his time. You can demonize him all you want, or, on the other hand, talk about his contributions to victory over Nazism. But the excessive demonization of Stalin is just one way to attack the Soviet Union and Russia, to suggest that today's Russia carries the birthmarks of Stalinism. Everyone has one kind of birthmark or another. So what? Of course.”.
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Vladimir Putin

Fortunately, we have reversed this situation. For three years running, we have had population growth, including in regions that are historically majority ethnic-Russian.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. Did nothing about it. WHY? The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time . . . before the election. The question is, if he had the information, why didn't he do something about it? He should have done something about it. It could be Russia, but it could also be China. I think it was Russia but I think we also get hacked by other countries and other people.feedback

Sean Spicer

To the extent that we can work with Russia to solve some problems and to cooperate, if we can find that willingness then we'd like to do it.feedback

Petro Poroshenko

There has never been such a powerful visit. It is important for us to have an opportunity to talk about our cooperation in the sphere of security, politics and economy.feedback

Bob Corker

With overwhelming Senate passage of the Russia sanctions amendment, the U.S. sends a strong signal to President Putin while ensuring the Trump administration has the flexibility it needs. The Russian government continues to violate the sovereignty of Ukraine, aggravate the crisis in Syria, and destabilize democracies around the world. This amendment makes clear that we will not continue to tolerate such actions, and I am glad we are one step closer to passage of our legislation to hold Iran accountable.feedback

Ben Rhodes

Trump - friend of Putin, Sissi, Salman, Duterte, Erdogan - will cite human rights to justify hurting the Cuban people.feedback

Oliver Stone

If we look around with a little broader perspective, doesn't Sheldon Adelson have a lot more influence? Don't the Koch brothers? Doesn't Israel have a lot more influence?feedback

James Williams

The Cold War is long over and Cuba is no longer a threat to the United States. If President Trump reverses course with Cuba, it would be a gift to Putin and the Kremlin.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about? IP addresses? They can be invented, you know? There are a lot of specialists who can even make it so it comes from your home IP address as if your three-year old daughter carried out the attack. Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes.feedback

Vladimir Putin

For me, this is just amazing. You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president. Well, this is, you know, you're just, you people are so creative over there. Good job. Your lives must be boring. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterward I was told, You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I'm being honest. Do you think that from all over the world and the United States, the ambassador reports to me every day who he eats with or meets with. Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Did we have a special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. ... Have you all lost your senses over there? I don't know about this proposal. No proposal like that came to me.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Hackers (that allegedly influenced the US presidential campaign - TASS) may be anywhere. They may be in Russia, in Asia, in America, in Latin America. There may be hackers, by the way, in the United States who very craftily and professionally passed the buck to Russia. In the middle of an internal political fight, it was convenient for them, whatever the reason, to put out that information. And put it out they did. And, doing it, they made a reference to Russia. Can't you imagine it happening? I can.feedback

Vladimir Putin

There is a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States special services. If this theory is correct, and one cannot rule it out, so what can be easier in today's context, being able to rely on the entire technical capabilities available to special services than to organize some kind of attacks in the appropriate manner while making a reference to Russia in the process. Now, the candidate for the Democratic Party, is this candidate universally beloved in the United States? Was it such a popular person? That candidate, too, had political opponents and rivals.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Have you all lost your senses? They have been misled. And they aren't analysing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the (US) presidential election. I am not aware of such a proposal. No such proposal ever reached me. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, You know, there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from? Why, did we have some special relationship with him? We didn't have any relationship at all. There was a time when he used to come to Moscow. But you know, I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Right now, I think we have representatives from a hundred American companies that have come to Russia. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all, have you all lost your senses over there?feedback

Megyn Kelly

It was like two different men: Off-camera and privately he towards me was warm, extremely polite … was very personable one-one-one. Then on-camera he was the Russian president that we've all come to know: He was combative, he was defiant, he was feisty, he was fiery, he was on offense on all of the issues, He was the Vladimir Putin Russians love to see.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I am not aware of such a proposal. No such proposal ever reached me. Have you all lost your mind? There was no relationship whatsoever. Yes, he visited Moscow in his day. But, you know, I never met him. Well, this is just another load of nonsense.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left...That's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn.feedback

Vladimir Putin

They [U.S. Intelligence committees] have been misled, and they aren't analyzing the information in its entirety. I haven't seen even once any proof of Russian interference in the presidential election in the United States.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I never met with him. We have a lot of Americans who visit us. Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something? Are you all -- have you all lost your senses over there? Hackers can be anywhere. Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister. The minister would have reported it to me. There weren't even any reports. There's nothing to even talk about. There wasn't even any kind of specific discussion about sanctions or anything else. For me, this is just amazing. You created a sensation out of nothing.feedback

Vladimir Chuprov - Greenpeace

There are no real plans to change the energy balance at all. Trump's decision signals business as usual.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The problem is not with us, the problem is inside American politics. The other (Clinton) team miscalculated. They don't want to admit their mistake. It's easier for them to say that they are not guilty, that the Russians are the guilty ones for interfering in our election. It reminds me of anti-Semitism.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. It just some kind of hysteria and just doesn't stop. Do we need to give you a pill? Does anyone have a pill? Give them a pill, really, honestly. It's surprising. It reminds me of antisemitism - the Jews are to blame for everything. You know, if a moron can't do anything for himself - the Jews are to blame. But we know what such sentiments lead to - it doesn't end in anything good.feedback

Vladimir Putin

There was nothing concrete, zero. It's just hysteria. Should I give you a pill?feedback

Vladimir Putin

I never even knew about these meetings. It reminds me of anti-Semitism. What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Experts in information technology can invent anything. It was true information. Was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. The problem isn't us, the problem is inside U.S. politics. Trump's team was more efficient during the election campaign. Don't worry, be happy. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's an attempt to solve internal political problems using foreign policy instruments. It's harmful, hurting international relations, the global economy, security and the fight against terror. It's time to stop that useless and harmful chatter.feedback

Vladimir Putin

My answer is no. There were no agreements. We didn't even come close to that. We didn't even start negotiations. Does squabbling over NATO help Russia? It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet. Now we can dump it all on him and American imperialism.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Hackers can be anywhere. They can be in Russia, in Asia ... even in America, Latin America. They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skillfully and professionally, shifted the blame, as we say, on to Russia. Can you imagine something like that? In the midst of a political battle. By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia. Could you imagine something like that? I can.feedback

David Ignatius

After today, Trump and Putin probably share a wariness of being questioned by Kelly.feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented – a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. If you're not intending to attack anybody, why increase your military spending? The U.S. demands from their allies to raise their spending and simultaneously says that NATO is not going to attack anybody. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Vladimir Putin

Have you read those reports? I have read those reports. And even in them there is nothing specific! There are only assumptions and conclusions on based on suppositions.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I didn't know anyone was meeting anyone. There was nothing concrete, zero. It's all hysteria. Isn't there some kind of pill you can take? There was no such agreement.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologise to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?feedback

Vladimir Putin

Don't worry… be happy. This accord has not yet come into effect; it is supposed to come into effect as of 2021… so we still have time. If we are all constructive in what we do, there are things that we can agree on.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I would refrain from judging President Trump right now because it was President Obama who made the decision (on joining the Paris Agreement - TASS), so maybe the new president believes it was not well-conceived, maybe he thinks there are not enough resources. This situation needs to be thoroughly assessed. It was possible not to withdraw from the Paris Agreement because it is a framework document so the United States' obligations could have been changed. As far as I remember, the United States has ratified the agreement, but we (Russia) have not done it yet.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What fingerprints? Hoof prints? Horn prints? Technology experts can invent anything and put the blame on anyone. It was true information, was it so important who leaked it? It was necessary to apologize to the people and vow not to make such mistakes in the future. But it turned out that he was right. He found the right approach to those groups of the population, to those voters whom he targeted. They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated. What else the ambassador is supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts?feedback

Vladimir Putin

IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof. NATO was established as a Cold War instrument in the fight against the Soviet Union ... there is no longer any ... Soviet Union but NATO is still there. The question is, what for?feedback

Nigel Farage

This hysterical attempt to associate me with the (Vladimir) Putin regime is a result of the liberal elite being unable to accept Brexit and Trump. I consider it extremely doubtful that I could be a person of interest to the FBI as I have no connections to Russia.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It reminds me of anti-Semitism. A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything. What else is the ambassador supposed to do? He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs. Are you nuts? We are absolutely convinced that it was a provocation. Assad didn't use the weapons. It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that.feedback

Nigel Farage

In response to the Guardian article, it has taken me a long time to finish reading because I am laughing so much. This is fake news. This hysterical attempt to associate me with the (Russian President Vladimir) Putin regime is a result of the liberal elite being unable to accept Brexit and the election of President Trump.feedback

Anne Applebaum

As a result of this trip, American influence, always exercised in Europe through mutually beneficial trade and military alliances, is at its rockiest in recent memory. The Russian government, which has long sought to expel the United States from the continent, is overjoyed.feedback

Devin Nunes

The Democrats don't want an investigation on Russia. They want an independent commission. Why do they want an independent commission? Because they want to continue the narrative that Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are best friends, and that's the reason that he won, because Hillary Clinton would have never lost on her own; it had to be someone else's fault. The reporters and the national news were going to chase David and every other member of Congress around the country for the next two weeks. Basically what I said, I said, Well, screw you.feedback

Josh Marshall - Talking Points Memo

The relevant issue is that they appear to be operating with common goals.feedback

Sylke Tempel

I've never seen her in 12 years give up on anything. She's someone who is very sober about the guys with the big agendas and big egos, be it (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, be it (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan, be it Trump.feedback

Louise Mensch

Sources with links to the intelligence community say it is believed that Carter Page went to Moscow in early July carrying with him a pre-recorded tape of Donald Trump offering to change American policy if he were to be elected, to make it more favorable to Putin. In exchange, Page was authorized directly by Trump to request the help of the Russian government in hacking the election. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, who was the 'Designated Survivor' at the inauguration of Donald Trump (yes, really) is likely to become President.feedback

Peter Maurer

The fear is not so much with President (Donald) Trump or (Vladimir) Putin or anyone else in the region but more to discover that we may be late or too late. I am not sure by what we are witnessing on the ground in terms of extremist dynamics that this is easily stoppable even if the powers in the region and the global powers converge politically. We may have waited too long or a very long time to really get serious in terms of finding political solutions to the problems that are fueling the violence, the displacements, the humanitarian suffering.feedback

Arseniy Yatsenyuk

It seems to me President Trump, he needs to get a better understanding of what Putin really is. It's important to understand him. He's the enemy of my country. But he's a very smart, sophisticated political animal. And his primary objective is to outplay President Trump. He wants to set a fire to the whole house of the free world, to distract everyone. The only language that President Putin understands is the language of strength. The good news is that President Trump wants to be a very strong, masculine leader. And you can't have two masculine folks on one block.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I spoke to (Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov) today. I'll be forced to issue him with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him.feedback

Stephen Sestanovich

At one level, Putin may find Trump's trials amusing, but he also knows they will make it almost impossible to restore a modicum of order to Russian-American relations. I suspect he regrets that, while also seeing opportunities in having the U.S. brought low.feedback

Anders Aslund

I think that Trump gets less criticism from Russia than from anywhere else and that he greatly appreciates that.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

There's two people I think [Russian President Vladimir] Putin pays: [California Republican Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump. If you listen to it, everybody laughs. So you know that it's a bad attempt at a joke, and that's all there is to it.feedback

Anne Applebaum

Reading between the lines of the GOP's 2016 conversation about Trump and Russia.feedback

Brendan Buck

This entire year-old exchange was clearly an attempt at humor. No one believed the majority leader was seriously asserting that Donald Trump or any of our members were being paid by the Russians. What's more, the speaker and leadership team have repeatedly spoken out against Russia's interference in our election, and the House continues to investigate that activity. You don't have a sense of humor anymore? People aren't supposed to be able to laugh? There's a reason why I'm not a comedian.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

If you listen to it, everybody laughs. So you know that it's a bad attempt at a joke, and that's all there is to it. No one believes it to be true. There's two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher [R-Calif.] and Trump.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

There's two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump. This is an off the record. No leaks, alright? This is how we know we're a real family here… What's said in the family stays in the family.feedback

Dana Rohrabacher

He was joking. He does that. He sort of makes jokes like that. There's nothing wrong with that. It would be wrong for everyone to think it's a news story that [McCarthy] jokes around that way. You have to be very careful when you're using humor.feedback

Vladimir Putin

If the US administration considers it possible, we are ready to submit a transcript of Lavrov's talk with Trump to the U.S. Senate and Congress, if, of course, the US administration would want this. You know what surprises me? They are destabilizing the internal political situation in the United States under anti-Russian slogans. They either do not understand that they are harming their own country, which means they are just short-sighted, or they understand everything, and that means that they are dangerous and unscrupulous people.feedback

Michael McFaul

It has become much more difficult to argue that our democracy is an example for other countries.feedback

Neha Sahgal

The look toward Russia is multi-dimensional: It's geopolitical, it's cultural, it's religious, and it's also economic. Trump talked so much about Putin on the campaign trail that Russians assume he was blustering and actually had no connection with the Russians. If anything, they think Trump's relationship to Russia is more fabricated than we may find out it is, once we have a new FBI director.feedback

Kevin McCarthy

There's two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump. I'll guarantee you that's what it is...The Russians hacked the DNC and got the opp [opposition] research that they had on Trump. There's... there's two people, I think, Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump. Swear to God.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I'll be forced to issue him (Lavrov) with a reprimand because he did not share these secrets with us. Not with me, nor with representatives of Russia's intelligence services. It was very bad of him. It's hard to imagine what else these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish can dream up next. What surprises me is that they are shaking up the domestic political situation using anti-Russian slogans. Either they don't understand the damage they're doing to their own country, in which case they are simply stupid, or they understand everything, in which case they are dangerous and corrupt.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's hard to imagine what else can these people who generate such nonsense and rubbish dream up next.feedback

Helima Croft - BC Capital

Think about what they get from Trump and the Republicans. They want to get a whole lot of precision guided missiles. Fully has their back and we will do what it takes to roll back Iranian influence. What they want to hear is the reset with Iran is over. Good bye to all of that. I don't think anyone thinks Putin will lose. He doesn't want protesters. I don't' think Putin wants to risk a significant uptick in discontent going into those elections.feedback

Vladimir Putin

They "need to meet first, talk and then choose the tune to match. It's a pity that the piano was out of tune. It was quite hard to play, even for me, someone who plays with two fingers. I cannot say I played, I was just pressing the keys with two or three fingers. I thought that if Mr Peskov is filming, it's probably for personal use, for the archive. But they decided to post it. But never mind. I think I didn't let you down.feedback

Trevor Noah

It's starting to feel less like Putin is blackmailing Trump and more like he has him hypnotized.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We had nothing to do with that.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that. There will be no effect.feedback

Vladimir Putin

There will be no effect. You see, I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans. And I invite you to do the same.feedback

Vladimir Putin

There will be no effect. Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that. President Trump is acting in accordance with his competence, in accordance with his law and Constitution. What about us? Why we? You see, I am going to play hockey with the hockey fans. And I invite you to do the same.feedback

Lawrence Douglas

The Russians need no longer expend their energies trying to subvert the integrity of our political system. Now they have the US president to do that job. A brazen attack on the rule of law. There is no other way to describe President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Recalling the dismissal of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox, Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, rightly called the act “Nixonian.” But it is more than that.feedback

Scott Presler

Colbert's homophobia rant was disgusting and we won't tolerate this anti-LGBTQ behavior.feedback

David Ignatius

Into the deadly morass of the Syrian war, Russian President Vladimir Putin has dropped a new peace proposal that calls for establishing safe zones in several parts of the country, grounding the Syria air force and possibly creating buffer zones between combatants to be monitored by international peacekeeping troops.feedback

Stephen Colbert

Trump has repeatedly said that this 100 days is totally arbitrary, okay. Totally unimportant. And to prove how unimportant it is, he took out a TV ad, he cut a cake on Air Force One, and he held a rally in Pennsylvania. The theme of that rally, Promises Made, Promises Kept.' Which is better than the original slogan, Promises made, never mind, never said it, fake news, watch Fox & Friends.' . It's true. He doesn't stand by anything except the dressing room door at Miss USA Pageant. … Who needs a lotion?feedback

Karl Rove

They wrote this. This was not a rant that he came up with on the top of this head. They wrote this.feedback

Marine Le Pen

I think I'm best placed to talk to this new world that's emerging, to talk to the Russia of Putin, to the United States of Trump, to talk to the Britain of (Prime Minister Theresa) May...to talk to the India of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi. So, I feel much more in line with their political philosophy than with (German Chancellor Angela) Merkel's. It's true his comments were worthy of criticism but they were private comments – what's most important is the policies he implements. I don't think that he's implementing policies which aim to roll back the rights of women.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We never interfere in the political life and the political processes of other countries, and we don't want anybody interfering in our political life and foreign policy processes. Certainly, without the participation of such a party as the United States, it is also impossible to solve these problems effectively. So we are and will continue to be in contact with our American partners, and I hope that we will attain understanding there regarding joint steps in this very important and sensitive area of international relations today.feedback

Nikki Haley

Assad has no incentive to stop using chemical weapons as long as Russia continues to protect his regime from consequences. If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims to have, we need to see them use it. We need to see them put an end to these horrific acts. How many more children have to die before Russia cares?feedback

Stephen Colbert

You're not the POTUS, you're the 'gloat-us.' You're the glutton with the button. You're a regular 'Gorge Washington.' You're the 'presi-dunce' but you're turning into a real 'prick-tator'. Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine. You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign-language gorilla that got hit in the head.feedback

John McCain

Now is not the time to send a signal to Russia that all is forgotten or forgiven. It is time for the Senate to take real action, including increased sanctions, to punish Russia's destabilizing behavior and counter its malign influence.feedback

Gary Thuerk - Digital Equipment Corporation

People either say, Wow! You sent the first spam!' . Or they act like I gave them cooties.feedback

Adrienne Watson

Trump's bromance with Putin appears to be back on track. Instead of sending Putin a tough message on backing Assad's brutal regime, Trump appears to be opting for a strategy of appeasement. Just days ago, Trump once again cast doubt on whether Russia attacked our democracy. With no apparent talk of Russia's abysmal record on human rights, no clear message on Assad's future in Syria, and no condemnation of Russia's continued aggression in Ukraine, it's clear that ultimately, Putin is getting what he wants from Trump.feedback

Michael McFaul

Of course, it is not coincidence that General Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump advisor. … Why else would they want him there?feedback

Simon Waxman

We don’t know how effective Russian President Vladimir Putins efforts were to get President Trump elected. We dont know whether leaked documents, disinformation campaigns, or actual Russian agents joined forces with Trump to sink Hillary Clinton. But the evidence is clear, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Putin expressed a preference. Why? The easy [].feedback

Michael McFaul

It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin. Flynn was considered a close Trump adviser. Why else would they want him there?feedback

David Ignatius

I finished the libretto a year ago, at a time when it still seemed unlikely that Donald Trump would be president. But we were already surrounded by Donald Trump-like figures in our world: Putin in Russia, Xi Jinping in China, Erdogan in Turkey. The big man who speaks in a way that people imagine Machiavelli's princes would are all over, and Trump is just the latest. The challenge was just irresistible.feedback

Prince Albert

Vladimir Putin. You ask them, Who is the head of Russia?' And yes, they actually reply, Putin'. [Gabriella] was the first with letters and numbers, but Jacques has caught up with her now. I think that's entirely Charlene's influence, and they are both pretty even.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

As a whole, the administration's stance with regards to Syria remains a mystery. Inconsistency is what comes to mind first of all. I look forward to a very open, candid, frank exchange so that we can better define the US-Russian relationship from this point forward.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

I look forward to a very open, candid, frank exchange so that we can better define the U.S.-Russian relationship from this point forward.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We have seen just recent highly alarming actions, when there was the unlawful attack against Syria. We believe it fundamentally important not to let these actions happen again in the future. I believe that your visit is quite timely. I believe that it gives us necessary opportunity, as it was discussed by President Trump and President Putin, to have an honest and frank discussion to clear the outlook for the future of our cooperation, first and foremost on the wide anti-terrorist front.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

Overall, the U.S. administration's stance on Syria is still a mystery to us.feedback

Sean Spicer

I think that's specific to ground troops. That doesn't mean how we are going to deal with ISIS as a whole, so if we have to deal with ISIS and it moves into Syria that's one thing. I think going in and occupying Syria for the express purpose of regime change is something the president has been very clear on throughout the campaign. Should they continue to use gas, especially against children and babies… all options remain on the table.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have not seen a single fact, or even a hint of facts. I do not know who saw them. No one showed us anything, no one said anything, although we repeatedly asked to produce the details on which these unfounded accusations lie.feedback

Michael McFaul

It depends on whether Putin and Trump hit it off, not on anything Tillerson and Lavrov say. Things will only happen as a result of direct personal, sustained contact between Putin and Trump. That's the way things work with Putin.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

I hope that whatever comes out of the G7 today is an agreement they will engage rapidly with Russia, rapidly with all the neighbouring countries who clearly are not in the G7, and reconvene, as a matter of urgency, the Geneva process and have a meaningful ceasefire. Putin and Trump have got to get together. They are the superpowers of the world. Vladimir Putin can be forced into all sorts of directions if sufficient political and other pressure is put on him.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

Look, I'm sorry, this is the Federation of Small Business conference. I'm very happy to do an interview with you afterwards once this is finished about Syria. My media team have made that very clear to you. Is that ok?feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Several theories have been floating around to explain President Trump’s reverence for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Perhaps Putin has incriminating information on Trump, or maybe Trump owes millions to Russian oligarchs. Then again, Trump might have been trying to butter up Putin during the campaign, thinking that he could finally make some of the big deals he had been pining for - once he lost the election, as he expected. Well, as a world-class narcissist, Trump may have simply been smitten with a dictator who knew how to publicly stroke Trump’s ego. Alternatively, Trump may simply be enamored of a brutal anti-democratic kleptocrat who figured out how to make money off the state. Now, of course, he might fear revelations about the extent of Russian assistance in the election - which he might reasonably expect would delegitimize his victory.feedback

Lawrence O'Donnell

It changes the conventional wisdom about the dynamic between President Trump and Vladimir Putin. President Trump has finally dared to do something Vladimir Putin doesn't like. It changes everything.feedback

William Cohen - Cohen Group

We need to get the State Department really beefed up so that Secretary Tillerson can have his full team to give all the options to the president as he moves forward. It won't be just military, it has to be economic.feedback

Carter Eskew

The cruise missiles that hit Syria last night not only struck back at Bashar al-Assad for the recent heinous poison-gas attack but also obliterated (at least temporarily) President Trump’s Russia problem. One wonders whether some segment of die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters, who last night heard their candidate blame Russian interference in the November elections for her loss, don’t feel this morning that Trump’s attack was motivated by his desire to stanch the weeks of political blood-loss from the revelations around his administration’s coziness with Russia and its seeming indifference to the subversion of our democracy. If so, Russia certainly cooperated. Almost on cue, the Kremlin denounced the attack and “smart” Russian President Vladimir Putin ridiculed it as “trumped-up.” Putin and Trump: Comrades, it would seem, no more.feedback

David Dollar

Just a couple of weeks ago we were thinking that Trump might be building a better relationship with Russia and he was saying all kinds of very hostile things to China. And now, in the initial press reports out of Florida, he's talking about his friendship with Xi Jinping and clearly this action in Syria is making Putin and Russia unhappy. The U.S. did warn the Russians about this. I think U.S. went out of its way not to hit any Russian forces but still, this is the kind of intervention that the Russians will be unhappy about.feedback

Fiona Hill - The Brookings Institution
Clifford G. Gaddy - The Brookings Institution

As he can fully trust only himself, Putin applies extortionary methods to everyone else – basically mutually assured incrimination to ensure loyalty. The Outsider is pragmatic. He has no vested interests in policies or in ideologies. In a system so burdened by ideology, only an outsider could clearly see the flaws of the system.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin are responsible for the Syrian genocidal war, including a series of apparent chemical attacks on innocents. Indeed, they are war criminals by any definition, having, among other things, deliberately targeted civilians and aid workers. President Barack Obama and his advisers who indulged in excuse after excuse to avoid action will have a blot on their record that is permanent and damning. Responsibility goes to Republicans and Democrats alike who opposed the use of force in defense of the “red line, ” thereby facilitating Obama’s flip-flop. These include everyone from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) to liberal Democrats. And, finally, presidential candidates (e.g., President Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.)) who egged on isolationists and urged we not oppose Assad and are not exempt from blame.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladimir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.feedback

Daniel Baer

The silence of Trump and his team (last weekend) was exactly what Putin wanted – his investment in Trump's election paying dividends in the form of what (former Hillary Clinton adviser) Jake Sullivan … called Trump's 'unilateral moral disarmament.feedback

Mark Cuban

No chance this is a DJT led conspiracy. He isn't detail oriented, organized or big picture enough to pull off any [type] of conspiracy. I think Putin recognized trumps greed and took advantage by back channeling coordinated misinformation in an attempt to influence voters. Trump had no idea this was happening. He was doing what he was told to do. Stick to the script and read what was written for him.feedback

Stephen Colbert

There is sort of a debate on the internet about this thing. Some people find it kind of comforting, others want to know if you can take out a restraining order against a cartoon. Some people have said its the most disturbing cartoon they've ever seen. Well, we here at The Late Show took that as a challenge.feedback

Tsvetan Atanasov

After making the life-size figure of Putin eight months ago, it was only logical to invite Trump to our museum. I hope they will meet soon for real, because they are leaders of two military superpowers and our peace depends a lot on them.feedback

Robert Kelner

Notwithstanding [Flynn's] life of national service, the media are awash with unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo directed against him. He is now the target of unsubstantiated public demands by Members of Congress and other political critics that he be criminally investigated. Donald Trump is not a Republican. Not a conservative. And he should be condemned for his un-American comments categorically by the GOP. Spy novel script: Russia hacks #DNC for @realDonaldTrump oppo. Trump says nice things about #Putin. Hmmm.feedback

Clifford G. Gaddy - The Brookings Institution

Money is ever-present in the system, but it is not money that guarantees loyalty or holds the top level together. Instead, it is the fact that the money derives from activity that is or could be found to be illegal. Participants in the system are not bought off in the classic sense of that term. They are compromised; they are made vulnerable to threats. . . . Corrupt, even illegal, activity will be kept secret as long as the individual continues to play the game.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We feel that our US partners are interested in developing this cooperation and this is a very good signal. We hope that this (cooperation) will spread to other world regions, including the Arctic,'' the president said.feedback

Clinton Watts

I can tell you right now, today, gray outlets that are Soviet-pushing accounts, tweet at President Trump during high volumes when they know he's online and they push conspiracy theories. So if he is to click on one of those or cite one of those, it just proves Putin correct, that we can use this as a lever against the Americans. Part of the reason active measures work and it does today in terms of Trump Tower being wiretapped is because they parrot the same lines. So Putin is correct. He can say that he's not influencing anything, because he's just putting out a stance.feedback

Vladimir Putin

You see what's been happening? The newly-elected president is barred from implementing his agenda – delivering on his pledges on health care, and international affairs, and relations with the Russian Federation. We [will] just wait until things rectify and stabilize.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation. There are many issues which long have come to a head in the economic and security fields and regarding regional conflicts. We are ready for that discussion. It's necessary for the other side to also show goodwill and readiness for constructive work.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I don't think it's in the interests of the majority of the American people to bring the U.S.-Russian relations to absurdity for the sake of domestic politics. Do we want to completely cut diplomatic relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was in the 1960s during the Cuban (missile) crisis? Where do people behaving in such an irresponsible way want to take us all, including the American people. We aren't obstructing it, just opposite, we are helping it. Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism. I hope that we will eventually come to constructive cooperation.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. We're ready for discussions and talks but the other side should demonstrate and manifest their goodwill and readiness for constructive cooperation and work. Helsinki would be an appropriate venue for organizing such events. If it happens we would be glad to participate and I would be glad to attend. If not, probably in the format of regular meetings in G20 we'll have that event, that meeting.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Opinion polls in the United States show that very many people are ... friendly towards the Russian Federation, and I'd like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations. Do we want to completely cut relations? Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?feedback

Vladimir Putin

Isn't it nonsense? What is the ambassador there for? He's there to speak to people, to maintain contacts with the political elite, with businessmen, with members of the House and the Senate, with administration officials. They are now also taking up the issue of the meetings our businessmen and bankers had there. Don't American businessmen come here and speak to our representatives, including Russian government officials? Otherwise how can they work? Of course they do. We aren't obstructing it, just the opposite, we are helping it.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

You know things are looking grim for President Trump when he starts tweeting about Hillary Clinton again. Monday evening he sounded trapped and wounded: “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech.” Well, perhaps it is because she is not president, did not hold back her tax returns, did not constantly cheer for Vladimir Putin, did not hire a host of pro-Putin flunkies and did not have aides who lied about contact with Russian officials.feedback

Bill Maher

Isn't this amazing? For seven years, this is all Republicans lived to do, was to repeal and replace Obamacare. Oh, this looks bad for Trump. You know how Putin feels about failure. Paul Ryan wrote a health care bill that somehow covered fewer people than just repealing Obamacare, and replaced it with nothing, and it still wasn't good enough for the Freedom Caucus. It's like if you wrote a highway bill that made all the bridges fall down, and they said, Yeah, but that only kills drivers, what about people at home?feedback

Bill Maher

The last version they had cut hospitalization, doctor visits, maternity, mental health, lab tests, prescriptions, emergency room visits. Their version of health care was: if you like your doctor, go f– yourself. Oh this looks bad for Trump. You know how Putin feels about failure.feedback

Maria Katasonova

Putin, Trump and Le Pen all stand up for their countries' interests but they understand very well that cooperation and dialogue with each other's countries can correct the mistakes that the Obama-Merkel-Hollande axis made–really serious mistakes like allowing for terrorism, an economic crisis, and a refugee crisis. They can fix all that.feedback

Marine Le Pen

For a long time I've called for France and Russia to resume cultural, economic, and strategic relations, especially now when we are facing a major terrorist threat. It's now the world of Putin, the world of Donald Trump.feedback

Nicolas Bay

With Donald Trump to the West, and Vladimir Putin to the East, Marine Le Pen clearly appears to be the least isolated of the presidential candidates.feedback

Peter Augustine Lawler

But, when the guys at Panera talk him up, they admire his toughness, his capacity to stand up to Putin, ISIS, and the Chinese, his willingness to speak his mind, his can-do record of success as a business leader (displayed by his wealth and his reality show). It's (well, misguided) praise of his character and competence, and it is pretty content-free, although they do believe the president gave the Iranians way too much just to get a deal. A tough negotiator like Trump wouldn't have done that!feedback

Michael McFaul

After the vote results came in last November, many Russians close to the Kremlin celebrated. “Our Trump” - or #TrumpNash, as they tweeted - had been elected president of the United States. Few in Moscow expected Donald Trump to win, but many Russians wanted him to win, including Vladimir Putin. The Russian president so passionately supported the Republican candidate and despised Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton that he brazenly tried to influence our presidential election. As FBI Director James B. Comey described on Monday, the Russians “were unusually loud in their intervention, ” violating our sovereignty by meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy and not seeming to care if they were exposed. The Russian theft and then publication of private data from the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta produced a significant impact on our electoral process. The DNC chair was forced to resign and Democratic supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) became more enraged at Clinton, causing many of them to stay home on Election Day. Clinton’s image was damaged continuously by daily media coverage of these stolen emails. Of course, many factors combined to produce Trump’s victory, but Putin’s intervention most certainly played a contributing role.feedback

Paul Waldman

Today brings yet another shocking revelation in the ever-widening Trump-Russia scandal, and Democrats are growing increasingly frustrated that this controversy isn’t an even bigger deal than it is. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants a delay in the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court while the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia is ongoing, but no one seems to take the idea seriously.feedback

Sean Spicer

To be clear, he got the job done on the delegates.feedback

Lindsey Graham

I don't know if he violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act, but it's something I think we all need to know more about.feedback

Jackie Speier

This is now dam-breaking with water flushing out with all kinds of entanglements.feedback

Lindsey Graham

Clearly, if he's getting millions of dollars from a billionaire close to Putin, to basically undermine democratic movements, that's something I'd want to know about. I doubt if Trump knew about it.feedback

James Comey - FBI

Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that he had a clear preference for the person running against Secretary Clinton. That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian Government and whether there was any coordination.feedback

William Cohen - Cohen Group

Namely that you could embrace Putin given what he's done in Crimea, given the fact he's tried to destabilize Ukraine, given the fact he's tried to cause some anxiety in the Baltic etc., and it's inexplicable at this point, so I think he's [Trump] going to have to be more forthcoming. I think he's also learning you can't be a CEO of the US and conduct it as if it were the Trump business empire.feedback

William Cohen - Cohen Group

President Trump will find it hard to move ahead with Republicans in the Senate saying 'Wait a minute, we want to investigate, we want to follow the money, and we want to look at Mr. Manafort and others. I don't think President Trump will be able to have a reset with President Putin until the issue of money, and the trail of money is resolved.feedback

William Cohen - Cohen Group

There is a cloud hanging over the Trump administration saying what is the nature and the basis of this bromance (with President Putin)? The president should be asked three questions, number one, what do you own? Number two, what do you owe? And three, to whom you owe it? And if you resolve those issues then you remove the cloud (as) we all want a better relationship with Russia.feedback

Tatiana Makarova

I like Trump and I hope he will be peaceful with Russia. I don't think Putin is interested in the Baltics. He doesn't need it. We are just neighbors.feedback

Natalie Nougayrède

Today’s White House meeting could prove to be the most crucial for transatlantic relations since the end of the Soviet bloc. As close encounters go, this was bound to be a defining one. Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful, values-oriented, refugee-welcoming and Putin-resisting leader, finally met Donald Trump, potential wrecker of the west and liberal democracy.feedback

Bernie Sanders

Russia played a very heavy role in attempting, successfully, I think, to impact our election. That is unacceptable. We need to know what kind of influence the Russian oligarchy has over Trump. Many people are astounded. Here he is, seemingly in strong disagreement with Australia, with Mexico, with long-term allies; but he has nothing but positive things to say about Mr Putin who is an authoritarian leader.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

A senior U.S. general on Wednesday accused Russia of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of “the spirit and intent” of a nuclear arms treaty and charged that Moscow’s intention is to threaten U.S. facilities in Europe and the NATO alliance.feedback

Oleg Deripaska - Rusal

It would be very strange (if the Fed raises rates several times), it would contradict what U.S. needs… It would be very difficult to maintain high debt levels with high interest (rates).feedback

Oleg Deripaska - Rusal

We all tend to believe (in this) kind of fairytale but there is a reality … You know Trump and his administration needs to prove that they would be capable to change (the) economic reality in the U.S. It's (Trump's) first public job… He maybe needs a year to understand how to rule, how to actually steer an economy (and) his government and raise support.feedback

Stephen Colbert

[President Trump] is drowning in P, which again, stands for Putin. Just drink it in.feedback

Stephen Colbert

A lot of people say [the accusation] was to distract from recent bad press: [President Trump]'s like a magician, misdirecting your attention with sleight of hand.feedback

Masha Gessen

I knew this was how he understood the word patriotism – just the way he had been taught in all those KGB schools: the country is as great as the fear it inspires, and the media should be loyal.feedback

Joel Simon

It's not Syria or Iraq, but there is a very high level of violence mixed with state repression.feedback

Joel Simon

Independent media have been eviscerated. Russia has gone from having a flawed but dogged and independent media to one where critical voices have been silenced. For Putin, there has been no greater obsession in controlling the culture than in controlling the media.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

He's a killer. There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. Well, you think our country is so innocent?feedback

Oliver Bullough

Russia’s president never wanted to dethrone America, but use it to further his kleptocracy. He’ll have to think again. Anyone who tells you that they know what’s going on behind the Kremlin’s red battlements is lying. Those who speak don’t know, while those who know don’t speak. Moscow insiders with actual insight into what the Russian president thinks about the mess in America are keeping their counsel, thus leaving the uninformed and the hysterical to fill in the (very large) gaps. This is unfortunate, because it would be really useful to know what Putin thinks right now.feedback

Chuck Schumer

When I showed the president of Russia a Krispy Kreme doughnut and he ate it and said it was good, that was one of the more surreal moments I've had in politics.feedback

Tom Toles

If the Trump administration hopes to get ahead of the Russiagate story, it better hurry.feedback

Matthew Rojansky

There is so much panic in the U.S. political establishment over Russia right now that Trump will be boxed in on what he can do.feedback

Marco Rubio

We have had two presidents - a Republican and a Democrat - previous to the current president who thought they could do such a deal with Vladimir Putin. Both of them fell on their face because they did not understand what they were dealing with. It is my sincerest hope that our current President doesn't make the same mistakes.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Please explain to me how volunteers meeting at a conference where nearly 80 ambassadors attended is a story. I guess it's kind of lost on me where that would be newsworthy in any capacity. I mean, Chuck Schumer sitting and having drinks with Putin and that's not a news story, but apparently a volunteer for a campaign bumping into one at a conference where there's again dozens of other ambassadors is newsworthy.feedback

Dmitry Medvedev

Reports received from government, from regions and organizations, don't always look substantive. They're often just runarounds trying to push back this or that deadline. Our respected colleagues report that they've done this and that, but in reality … basically nothing has happened.feedback

Boris Schlossberg

Ironically enough, I actually think that all of this focus on the Trump-Putin ties makes it far less likely simply to have a thaw in ties, and therefore the sanctions and all the other political ramifications that surround Russia really put a huge question mark as to whether the rally can continue.feedback

Yuri Ushakov

Specific dates of such a meeting... are not being considered at all.feedback

Mikhail Kasyanov

Absolutely not – not laughing. The situation is very serious and the whole of [Putin's] team, they are nervous.feedback

Andrei Fedorov

Very serious preparatory work is going on in the Kremlin, including a paper – seven pages – describing a psychological portrait of Trump, especially based on this last two to three months, and the last weeks. Trump is not living in a box – he is living in a crowd. He should listen to the people around him especially in the areas where he is weak. Trump cannot come to a meeting with Putin as a loser – he must sort out his domestic problems first. It's a risky game.feedback

Sergei Markov

Donald Trump has done nothing good for Russia, nothing. But they already attack him.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state, . We haven't been wearing rose-tinted glasses, we never harboured illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed in. There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state. It's not known when this will happen. And probably only after they talk will it be clear where significant differences remain and where it is possible to discover areas for cooperation.feedback

Konstantin von Eggert

The fate of Russia-American relations is much less predictable than it was just a few weeks ago.feedback

Alastair Newton

Despite Trump's seeming single-mindedness over Putin any hope of significant rapprochement with Russia is well and truly dead – as the Kremlin at least appears to be recognising even if Trump himself does not.feedback

Jeremy J. Siegel

I think the biggest risk to the rally is that we're going to see a protectionist movement … throwing tariffs on, and then retaliation [from abroad]. It has to be recognized as a risk to the market. If [Russian President Vladimir Putin] makes some moves toward the Baltic states or more aggressively in Ukraine, … if China makes some moves, you know, Trump is more unpredictable. And that unpredictability is a negative for the market.feedback

Garry Kasparov

Putin's propaganda machine supported Trump, but I think the reason they supported him is not for him to win, they didn't expect him to win actually, but they wanted to discredit American democracy.feedback

Dennis Ross

I think at a minimum that there would be an understanding that the Trump administration will insist with Putin that an Iranian-Hezbollah-Shiite militia presence can't go below a certain line within Syria.feedback

Vladimir Putin

What about Ljubljana, Slovenia? Of course, it is a great place to hold a dialogue of this kind. But it doesn't depend only on us, it also depends on a range of things, current issues. If these meetings ever happen, then I have nothing against Ljubljana.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

I couldn't confirm this. We've already reported everything that we considered necessary about the results of the telephone conversation. We have nothing to add.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Ljubljana – and Slovenia in general – is of course a great place to hold such dialogue. If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue). We always welcomed that and we hope that relations will be restored in full in all areas. It relates to trade and economic ties, security issues and various regions of the world, which are suffering from numerous conflicts. By pooling our efforts, we naturally would be able to significantly contribute to solving those issues, including the fight against international terrorism.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

I was reassured by what I heard in the meetings on the intention to stick to the full implementation of the agreement. We agreed that as long as the Minsk agreements are not fully implemented, sanctions would remain in place. But I don't know if this is going to be the consolidated policy . . . I was not in the Oval Office when President Trump called President (Vladimir) Putin.feedback

Vladimir Putin

As regards Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, it is of course a brilliant place to have a dialogue of such a sort. But it doesn't depend only on us, it depends on a whole series of circumstances. If these meetings ever happen, we don't have anything against Ljubljana.feedback

Vladimir Putin

The Russian-US relations have especially strongly degraded over the past five years, and of course they need to be restored in the interests of both the Russian and American people. As for Ljubljana, Slovenia in general, of course, it is an excellent place to conduct dialogues of this kind. However, it does not depend solely on us, it depends on a number of circumstances – current affairs.feedback

Sean Spicer

We're looking into the situation, yes, and it's very concerning. I would say they had a very productive call. It wasn't like he didn't know what was being said. He wanted an opinion on something.feedback

Jeanne Shaheen

It's impossible to overstate the negligence of the president of the United States not knowing basic facts about nuclear policy and arms control. New START has unquestionably made our country safer, an opinion widely shared by national security experts on both sides of the aisle.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Ljubljana – and Slovenia in general – is of course a great place to hold such dialogue. If this meeting takes place someday, we have nothing against Ljubljana (as the venue). By joining our efforts, we could make a considerable contribution to settling these issues, including fighting international terrorism.feedback

Daryl Kimball

Unfortunately, Mr. Trump appears to be clueless about the value of this key nuclear risk reduction treaty and the unique dangers of nuclear weapons.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

I don't know of any government leaders that are killers in America.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company.feedback

Bill O'Reilly

I do respect him. But I respect a lot of people. That doesn't mean I'm going to get along with him. But he's a killer, though. Putin's a killer.feedback

Marco Rubio

When has a Democratic political activists been poisoned by the GOP [Republicans], or vice versa? We are not the same as #Putin.feedback

Andrius Tursa

A recent outburst in fighting in the Donbass, observed since January 28, follows a cyclical pattern of intensification and de-escalation, characteristic to this conflict. A frozen-conflict in the Donbass serves Russia's goals of preventing Ukraine from joining the EU and NATO. A more sustainable settlement would likely entail a wider agreement between Russia and Western powers, including the U.S.feedback

Mike Pence

No, not in the least. Look, President Trump has been willing to be critical of our country's actions in the past. But what you're hearing there is a determination by the president of the United States to not let semantics or the arguments of the past get in the way of exploring the ability to work together with Russia and with President Putin in the days ahead. He has expressed himself in the campaign, an election that he won, that he was determined to go forward and see whether or not we might be able to start anew in a relationship with Russia.feedback

Mike Pence

The president of the United States has every right to criticize the other two branches of government. It was not done hastily. There may have been some leaders on Capitol Hill that were not informed with usual niceties of Washington D.C.. but look, we live in a very dangerous world. The reality is there the people around the globe who have inspired violence here in the homeland.feedback

Amy Klobuchar

I don't think there's any comparison. I really do resent that he would say something like that.feedback

Mike Pence

If we were able to work with Russia to hunt down and destroy ISIS and confront radical Islamic terrorism, that would be a good thing. ''What you have in President Trump is someone who is not going to look in the rearview mirror so much as looking out the windshield.feedback

Konstantin von Eggert

What the two countries can offer each another is strikingly different. The U.S. has a stronger hand. In biblical terms, the U.S. is the three kings bearing gold, while Russia is the shepherds with little apart from their good faith.feedback

Konstantin von Eggert

It would be presented to the Russian people as a huge victory by Putin. It would be described as a validation of his strategy to go to war in Ukraine regardless of the consequences and to turn the country into Fortress Russia.feedback

Martin Schulz - European Parliament

What Trump is doing is un-American. If Trump is now driving a wrecking ball through this set of values, then I will tell him as chancellor: That's not the policy of Germany and Europe. As long as the Minsk peace agreement is not fully implemented, the sanctions cannot be lifted. We must tell Putin very clearly that Russia is obliged to respect and defend international law.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

(But) it's hardly possible to talk about any kind of deals (over sanctions). To start with we must fix the date and time of a meeting between the two presidents. Aides are working on this now. We have seen a readiness to solve difficult problems through dialogue, which President Putin has long been calling for and unfortunately in previous years did not find a response (to).feedback

Mitch McConnell

Well, we'll wait and see. I hope the president will follow our advice and not be lifting the sanctions on the Russians.feedback

Theresa May

We believe the sanctions should continue until we see the Minsk agreement fully implemented. And we've been continuing to argue that inside the European Union.feedback

John McCain

President Donald Trump's call with Vladimir Putin is scheduled to take place amid widespread speculation that the White House is considering lifting sanctions against Russia. For the sake of America's national security and that of our allies, I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law.feedback

John McCain

I hope President Trump will put an end to this speculation and reject such a reckless course. If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law. For our commander in chief to think otherwise would be naive and dangerous.feedback

Mikhail Gorbachev

I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought. I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – the Presidents of two nations that hold over 90% of the world's nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility. No problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority. The current situation is too dangerous.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

Overcoming the most heavy damage inflicted on the U.S.-Russian relations by the administration of Barack Obama will take time and serious effort. I know that Mr. Trump is considered a master of deal-making, but President Putin also knows how to make deals, and always in Russia's interests.feedback

Theresa May

When it comes to Russia, as so often, it is wise to turn to the example of President [Ronald] Reagan who – during negotiations with his opposite number Mikhail Gorbachev – used to abide by the adage, Trust but verify,' . With President Putin, my advice is to 'engage but beware'. The days of Britain and America intervening in sovereign countries in an attempt to remake the world in our own image are over.feedback

Benoit Hamon

We already had one with Vladimir Putin. Now we have a second one with Donald Trump, because he is reconsidering the most essential agreement, the COP 21 (2015 Paris Climate Conference). More than that he says he is hostile to European construction. What must we think about this? To me close ranks at the European level.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We know that Trump is considered a master in making deals but Vladimir Putin can negotiate, too – and always in the interest of Russia.feedback

Josef Braml - Council on Foreign Relations

We cannot trust Trump to take care of [Europe's] security. If Trump cuts a deal with Putin, then maybe there will be fewer tanks, American tanks, on European soil and we should prepare for that scenario.feedback

Mattia Toaldo

I think the common thread is [Putin] positioning in view of a deal with Trump. The interesting thing is that in most cases, Russia is in the driving seat and Trump will simply react.feedback

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

Victory for Vladimir Putin is dying in his sleep while still in power. I mean that quite sincerely.feedback

Maria Lipman

Russia, of course, would like to have as big an oil and gas market for itself as possible. But this is something that Russia has lost in part. The dependence of European countries on Russian gas has decreased – and Europe has worked on that.feedback

Barack Obama

They are a weaker country. Their economy doesn't produce anything that anybody wants to buy, except oil and gas and arms. They don't innovate.feedback

Angela Stent

Putin is hoping to meet with Trump sooner rather than later.feedback

Angela Stent

Putin wants Russia to be taken seriously, and to ensure his views are taken into account.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

It bewilders me and it bewilders everybody else around us. It doesn't make any sense why he would be so unfriendly towards a lot of our allies and then so friendly towards a country which is an adversary towards the United States.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

If policy is driven by whatever Trump's emotions were at the moment that he made those statements, then it could be an absolute windfall for Vladimir Putin and Russia.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

While everybody is saying they are surviving with sanctions, let me tell you every morning Putin is praying for sanctions to be lifted and every evening he is praying for sanctions to be lifted. It would be the biggest single gift that could ever be given to him if it was to happen with the new Trump administration.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

If the Russia policy is driven by the defense secretary, the head of the CIA, head of homeland security or various others, then Russians aren't going to get any gifts.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

Russia comes down to really one thing, which is oil. If the oil price stays here or goes higher then Russia will kind of muddle through. If the oil price goes down, Russia will go down. You can track the rouble, you can track the stock market just off the price of oil.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

They don't have enough money at $51 a barrel to do everything they want to do. It doesn't mean he's going to get kicked out but they don't have enough money. That's why he's so desperate to get sanctions lifted.feedback

Josh Earnest

It "was not the first time the intelligence community has had some uncomfortable things to say about Russia. These are the kind of things I'm sure the Russians would rather not to hear, but ultimately, and this is something that the next administration is going to have to decide.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Trump arrives and straight away rushes to meet with Moscow prostitutes. This is an adult man first of all and, apart from that, is a man who for many years took part in organising beauty contests.feedback

Vladimir Putin

People who order such fakes, fabricate them and use them in a political struggle are worse than prostitutes. They have no moral limits whatsoever. By the way, Russia deals with such people all the time, with our opponents. I find it difficult to believe that he ran to a hotel to meet with our girls of reduced social responsibility. Although here we do have the best ones in the world.feedback

Heather Conley

If we start to equate democracies and non-democracies, allies and adversaries, this is setting a very dangerous precedent.feedback

Norbert Röttgen

There are efforts on the side of the Europeans to arrange a meeting with Trump as quickly as possible.feedback

Vladimir Putin

People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the U.S. president-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don't have any moral boundaries at all. It highlights a significant degree of degradation of political elites in the West, including in the United States.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Look, I am not acquainted with Mr Trump. I have never met him. I do not know what he will do in the international arena, so I have no reason either to attack him or criticise him for whatever reason or to defend him, no matter what.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

It is a first and important step in the building up of a pro-European coalition ... that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Firstly, it is to undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect. Second, it is to tie the president's arms and legs to prevent him from realizing his promises to the American people, both at home and abroad. How is it possible to make steps toward improving Russian-American relationships while all those fake stories are being thrown in?feedback

Vladimir Putin

People who are doing that are inflicting colossal damage to the interests of the United States. How can you do anything to improve U.S.-Russian relations when they launch such canards as hackers' interference in the election?feedback

Vladimir Putin

He wasn't a politician. We didn't even know about his political ambitions. Do they think that our special services are hunting for every U.S. billionaire?feedback

Samantha Power - United Nations

I know some have said that this focus on Russia is simply the party that lost the recent presidential election being 'sore losers.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

The time of foreign policy demagogues is over, and, feeling hurt, they fabricate all kinds of fakes. First, officials leak fakes to the media, then media start spinning them and, finally, officials comment on them as facts.feedback

Guy Verhofstadt

This morning the liberal and democratic group concluded an important agreement with the European People's Party. It is a first and important step in the building up of a pro-European coalition to reform and to strengthen our European Union. And that is absolutely necessary with Trump, with Putin, with many other challenges Europe faces. It is key we cooperate to reform our union.feedback

Vladimir Putin

How can you do anything to improve Russian-US relations if fake stories are thrown in such as the intervention of some hackers during the election campaign?feedback

Vladimir Putin

If Putin likes Donald Trump, I consider that an asset, not a liability, because we have a horrible relationship with Russia.feedback

Oneita Wilkins

Trump doesn't have any experience with other countries. I have a feeling that he'll be easily influenced by Putin.feedback

Fyodor Lukyanov

Fights are still going on, their goal may not be to get rid of the president, even though I think that the impeachment option is seriously being considered, and impeachment will be attempted. At the very least they are trying to make Trump's life and work as difficult as they can. In Russia this situation is seen as proof of a very serious political crisis in the USA.feedback

Leonid Slutsky

If there was at least the smallest proof it would have already been published in all the media in the USA. The outgoing Obama administration is trying to do everything to marginalise Russia before it leaves.feedback

Dmitry Peskov

Moscow is genuinely hoping that our presidents will get along. At least Trump has spoken of his readiness for dialogue. This doesn't mean there's a readiness to agree about everything with each other. That is hardly possible and Moscow isn't expecting that, but dialogue is grounds for hope and could help us find a way out of many complex situations.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Right now they're clearly in the unfriendly adversary category. That is the type of response that Russia expects. If Russia acts with force, they require a proportional show of force.feedback

Kathleen Clark

This does not address the emoluments clause concerns, this does not address the conflict concerns. This is using the language of ethics without addressing the actual ethics concerns.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We think that this selection will be something that - with time - will straighten it out.feedback

Sean Spicer

A thing like that should have never been written, it should never have been had and certainly should never have been released.feedback

James Clapper

We have high confidence that President Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the US presidential election. The goals of this campaign were to undermine public faith int he US democratic process. Putin and the Russian government also developed a clear preference for President-elect (Donald) Trump. Russia aspired to help President-elect Trump's election chances when possibly by discrediting Secretary Clinton and publicly contrasting her unfavorably to him.feedback

Reince Priebus - Republican National Committee

He accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia, so that's not the issue. Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee.feedback

Barack Obama

I don't think I underestimated him, but I think that I underestimated the degree to which, in this new information age, it is possible for misinformation, for cyberhacking and so forth, to have an impact on our open societies, our open systems, to insinuate themselves into our democratic practices in ways that I think are accelerating, according to a transcript of the interview airing on Sunday.feedback

Devin Nunes

I'm just not sure it's possible. I've cautioned his administration to be careful with Putin, as he remains a bad actor.feedback

Adam Schiff

The President-Elect's statement that the Russian hacking had 'absolutely no effect on the outcome of the election' is not supported by the briefing, report, or common sense.feedback

Mike Pence

The president-elect has made it very clear that we are going to take aggressive action in the early days of our administration to combat cyber attacks and protect the American people from this type of intrusion in the future.feedback

Adam Schiff

It is one thing to say that there was no tampering with vote tallying – which is true – it is another thing to say that the daily dumping of documents disparaging to … Clinton that was made possible by Russian cyber operations had no effect on the campaigns. The consequence of these disclosures was hugely beneficial to the President-Elect and damaging to the Clinton campaign, just as the Russians intended.feedback

George Mitchell

[Putin] sees the United States as the perpetrator of a great tragedy upon the Soviet Union and Russia. He has said that the greatest catastrophe in recent years was the demise of the Soviet Union.feedback

Sarah Lain

There's goodwill between Trump and Putin and [not expelling the diplomats] is about Putin trying to build on that goodwill.feedback

Sarah Lain

Why would Putin need to expel 35 diplomats from Moscow when the Obama administration is on the way out? Obama is a problem that's going to go away when Trump comes in.feedback

Sergey Petrov

We consider these sanctions completely unsubstantiated, unreasonable and very detrimental to the bilateral relations between two neighbours, between the United States of America and the Russian Federation… they have to pack and leave within hours.feedback

John McCain

I agree with the president-elect that we need to get on with our lives–without having elections being affected by any outside influence, especially Vladimir Putin, who is a thug and a murderer.feedback

Sonja Laud - Baring Asset Management

If you look at the underlying fundamentals that has been quite encouraging and I think that has been the main driver why the Ruble and the Russian assets have done quite well ahead of the U.S. elections and then accelerated because there is a very good connection between the President-elect Trump and Vladimir Putin so that has accelerated the positive newsflow.feedback

Mitch McConnell

The Russians are not our friends. And clearly the Obama administration has not yet dissuaded them from attempting to breach our cybersecurity systems, or harass our diplomats in Moscow. Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming.feedback

Michael McFaul

Obviously, Putin's not responding because he's waiting for Jan. 20. He's got these much more important objectives to him than getting into a tit-for-tat response with the outgoing administration.feedback

Dmitry Trenin

Putin's asymmetric response to Obama's new sanctions is an investment in the incoming Trump presidency. A different kind of tit-for-tat: even as Obama seeks to constrain Trump in his Russia policy, Putin counters that step with a show of magnanimity.feedback

Thomas Graham

Russia is still the only country that can destroy the United States as a functioning society in 30 minutes ... both sides maintain their nuclear forces on hair-trigger alert.feedback

Vladimir Putin

I hope that after you assume the position of the President of the United States of America we will be able - by acting in a constructive and pragmatic manner - to take real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation in different areas as well as bring our level of collaboration on the international scene to a qualitatively new level. He went all the way, even though no one believed that he would win, apart from you and me.feedback

Michael McFaul

Modernization is quite different from expansion. Modernization is allowed under the New START treaty; expansion is not. Putin is smartly playing down the tweet because he has several concessions that he wants to secure from President Trump -- lifting of sanctions, support for his war in Syria, recognition of Crimea as part of Russia -- and therefore does not want to rock the boat right now by reacting to this vague Trump statement.feedback

James Woolsey

The Obama administration has done virtually nothing to modernize [nukes], and there's a lot of modernization that needs to be done. You got to make sure your forces can't be taken out with a first strike. That takes money. That takes effort.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We have advanced in improving our nuclear triad systems, including with regard to overcoming anti-missile defense. This system is more effective than the anti-missile defense itself. This is true. This is what they are doing. For instance, the replacement of tactical nuclear weapons located in other countries, including in Europe and in your country, the United Kingdom. This is what is taking place. They are doing this.feedback

Sean Spicer

There's been several countries, Russia among them, that have talked about expanding their nuclear capability. The point that he was making was very clear. There's not going to be (arms race) because he's going to ensure that other countries get the message that he's not going to sit back and allow that.feedback

Barack Obama

Our vulnerability to Russia or any other foreign power is directly related to how divided, partisan, and dysfunctional our political process is.feedback

Harry M. Reid

Having been the former head of the KGB, does that surprise you? And does it surprise anybody today when he denied it?feedback

Peter King - Homeland Security

This is several days before the Electoral College. They're creating this uncertainty over the election. And right now, certain elements of the media and certain elements of the intelligence community and certain politicians are really doing the work of the Russians.feedback

John Kerry

I'm not going to comment on it further, except to say that people need to remember that the president issued a warning, but he had to be obviously sensitive to not being viewed as interfering on behalf of a candidate or against a candidate or in a way that promoted unrealistic assessments about what was happening. I think the president did that, and now we have to get out the facts, and I'm confident we will in the months ahead.feedback

Josh Earnest

I don't think anybody at the White House thinks it's funny that an adversary of the United States engaged in malicious cyber activity to