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Putin tells Europe on US trade threat: ‘I told you so’

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that he had warned European countries years ago about the risk of the United States imposing its rules on others, and that they were now paying the price for ignoring him. Speaking during an annual live television phone-in with the Russian people, Putin likened the tariffs that Washington imposed last week on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union to economic sanctions. “It appears our partners thought that this would never affect…

Putin hints at becoming prime minister again in 2024

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday hinted that he might return to power as prime minister -- as he did in 2008 -- after his time as president ends in 2024. "I have always abided strictly and will abide to Russia's constitution. The constitution clearly says no more than two consecutive terms (are allowed)," Putin said when asked at the Saint Petersburg Forum if he would leave power in 2024. "This is now my second term in a row," the Russian leader said. In 2008, after serving two consecutive terms as…