Putin asks US businessmen to help restore normal dialogue with Washington

Jacques Audibert said, "Putin likes these big symbolic things".

"Snowden is not a traitor. We are respectful toward all Indian interests", he said, citing the deep defence relations between the two countries.

The Russian president also praised Islamabad for "taking vast steps to stabilise the situation in the country".

The holding of several meetings of Iran-Russia joint commission for cooperation in Tehran and Moscow chaired by Iranian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi and Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak, has expanded economic and industrial relations between the two countries since the start of President Rouhani's administration.

"I think he [Snowden] shouldn't have done it".

"The economy has entered a new phase of expansion", Putin said. His lawyer said in January Snowden had the right to remain in Russia until 2020 and to apply for Russian citizenship next year.

"It reminds me of anti-Semitism", he said. He said that the best course of action is to create circumstances where world leaders can work together to redefine the accord, and that the world needs to take the Paris agreement as a starting point and work from there.

Among the most scandalous facts ever uncovered in the aftermath of Snowden's leaks was evidence of the USA government's eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several members of her cabinet, whose phones were tapped by the NSA for several years.

Overcoming hiccups, India and Russian Federation on Thursday signed an agreement on building two more reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project - India's single largest atomic power plant in the southern state of Tamil Nadu - even as as the two countries agreed on deepening military ties. And secondly, trying to spy on your allies, if you really consider them allies, is just indecent. "It undermines trust, and in the end damages your own national security".

As part of strengthening military ties, India and Russian Federation will hold the first tri-services exercise, Indra 2017, Modi said at a joint media address with Putin after they held extensive discussions on current bilateral and global issues.

In US director Oliver Stone's edgy new interview series, Russian leader Vladimir Putin says he believes intelligence leaker Edward Snowden is no traitor and appears to confirm multiple assassination plots have targeted him.

The film is set to premiere on June 12.

Stone's feature film based on Snowden's story was released previous year.

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