Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the British and US political classes of "disrespecting" the public by questioning the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump.
"They do not want to acknowledge the victory [President Trump̵
" In Britain it's the same: Brexit has happened, but nobody wants to implement it. "
The President's comments came to Moscow at his end-of-year press conference.
The Russian Prime Minister She also said that British Prime Minister Theresa May has no choice but to push through Brexit, as that would undermine British democracy.
"It must enforce the will of the people expressed in the referendum," he said, "or else is it not a referendum at all: to do it over and over again when someone does not like it [the result]. Is it a democracy? "
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Putin called relations with Britain a" deadlock "and said it was in Iraq Both countries' interest in improving things.
"Are we interested in restoring full relations with Great Britain? Yes, we are interested, "he said," and we know that British [companies] are working here quite actively. "
Putin calms a lurid crowd
Steven Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow
These are weird times, today I saw the leader of an increasingly authoritarian Russia teach the West the true meaning of democracy.
The message of President Putin was essentially this: you do not like Trump? Tough. "The American voters have chosen him.
They do not like the Brexit? Again hard The British people voted for it.
This from a political leader who has known to have created in Russia a system of "controlled democracy" (in which the Kremlin covers the entire
Sometimes the press conference looked more like a circus – journalists screaming at the top of their voices for the attention of the Kremlin Circlemaker sters to get a question. Once, President Putin had to silence everyone.
At the end of the show, my arm ached. I'd held up a BBC News sign for nearly four hours. Unfortunately, the president did not accept my question.
I had planned to ask about the poisoning in Salisbury. Next time maybe …
The United Kingdom is one of several Western countries that issued economic sanctions against Russia for annexing Ukrainian territory of the Crimea and nerve agent attacks on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in southern England. 19659007] Putin also addressed his country's tense relations with the US and said he did not know whether he would meet President Donald Trump soon or not.
"We need to normalize our bilateral relations and we are ready to do that as soon as the other side is ready," he said.
Washington invited the Russian leader to visit in 2019, but such a visit could do so. This is controversial because US intelligence has concluded that Moscow is interfering in the 2016 US presidential election in favor of Mr. Trump Has.
At a summit meeting in Finland in July this year, Mr. Trump was heavily criticized for having pushed Putin's refusals into voting about the assessments of his own intelligence agencies. Mr. Trump later said he "misspoke".
Putin's comments came a day after the US Treasury Department announced its intention to lift sanctions on the aluminum business of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, one of 24 Russian businessmen targeted by the US authorities reduced its stake in the company companies. Deripaska, a political ally of Putin, remains under sanction.
Putin said that there is a growing tendency to underestimate the threat of nuclear war, and criticized President Trump's plan to withdraw from a major nuclear deal with Russia.
"We are essentially seeing the collapse of the international arms control order and (the beginning of an arms race)," he said.
Trump said the US would withdraw from the 1987 closed Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) deal because Russia "wounded" him.
The deal prohibits ground-based medium-range missiles with a range of 500-5,500 km (310-3,400 miles).
The Russian President also accuses the US to have world domination in mind.
On Wednesday, Trump announced he would pull US troops out of Syria and said they would speak Islamic state troops had been defeated there.
Mr. Putin greeted the move cautiously, but wondered if this would actually happen.
"We see no signs of a pullout," he said, adding that the US was "17 years in Afghanistan, and they always say they're retreating."