'Washington Is an Ally, not an Enemy,' President Putin Says in Call-In Show

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During his annual call-in show on Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked a US citizen for his attempt to resist Russophobic attitudes among Americans.

A man from Arizona recorded a video appeal to Mr. Putin: “I'm your fan. I'm very pro-Russian. Question: As an American who lives in America and sees rabid Russophobia in his country, what advice would you give me to help Americans understand that Russia is not an enemy?”

The head of state stressed that Moscow sees Washington as an ally, not an enemy.

“We see that Russophobia is now developing in the United States and we believe that this is a result of an escalating struggle in internal US politics. But, I assure you that in Russia there are many people who treat the achievements of American people with great respect,” he said.

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Putin also noted that Russia and US acted as allies in both World Wars and expressed his hope that Russian-American relations will soon come to positive state, noting that Washington is also interested in this change.

On June 14, US Senate approved a bill to expand the anti-Russian sanctions. If approved, US companies and individuals will be prohibited from finance lending of Russian banks for more than 14 days. It is also proposed to limit the timeframe for financing Russian oil and gas companies.

On June 13, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, speaking at a Senate hearing, said that partners of United States are asking Washington to improve relations with Russia.