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The leader of the far-right Freedom Party, which has a cooperation agreement with Putin's United Russia party, called this weekend for sanctions to be lifted.

Russian and foreign business lobbies had said any such law would effectively force firms to choose between doing business with Russia and having dealings with the rest of the world.

"The understanding that a third world war could be the end of civilization should restrain us from taking extreme steps on the global arena that are highly risky for modern civilization", Putin said when asked to comment about recent worldwide volatility.

"Both those who initiate these actions and those such measures that we call sanctions are aimed against find them harmful", Putin said in Vienna on Tuesday, claiming that European countries were merely "finding it hard to say so".

As the USA and its traditional allies spar over import tariffs, Putin said other countries "have also begun to suffer the losses that the United States has started to cause them", which will "sooner or later damage everyone, including the initiator".

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"In essence, these are sanctions", Putin said of the tariffs. "But now we are seeing that this is happening".

Putin's 16th call-in marathon, which lasted 4½ uninterrupted hours, provided a window into the president's mind-set - and a prime display of the stagecraft that the Kremlin deploys to boost Putin's image and promote his worldview to Russian households. Well, there you go, you've been hit.

'You have just said that Mr Prigozhin is referred to as 'Putin's chef, ' Putin said. "Dinner is served. please sit down and eat".

But the issue of European Union sanctions, imposed on Russia because of its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, will weigh in any official talks he has. "They see that Russian Federation has become a competitor to them. we propose that this is a very mistaken policy".

Putin noted the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election while saying, "the President of the United States is coming under attack over various matters", Putin said.

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"I warned them that this situation, which we see today, could develop".

Questions posted ahead of the event included asking Putin whether he planned to meet U.S. President Donald Trump this year, whether relations with the West would improve anytime soon, how he planned to reduce poverty, and why petrol prices were rising so fast.

"First we allegedly influence the USA presidential election, and in exchange he gives us Europe as gift. Total nonsense. There's no way to describe this other than as a joke".

"Infrastructure built in Russian Federation for the World Cup should pay off in the future and be used for the development of popular sports".

Critics say the event, being held a week before the World Cup starts, is a stage-managed piece of theater created to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel as if they can influence a bureaucratic, top-down system.

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