Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview released Wednesday that US President Donald Trump had left a good impression on him, and that he has "no disappointment at all" in their relationship thus far.
He has also downplayed conclusions by USA intelligence services that Moscow interfered in the US presidential election in 2016 and warnings that it will likely continue to do so.
Putin blamed the West for raising tensions, citing what he called efforts to contain and weaken Russian Federation.
Russia, he continued, is not the only country to produce nerve gas - indeed the United States produces it as well.
Last week President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia has developed six new strategic nuclear weapons systems, including an intercontinental nuclear-powered cruise missile, an intercontinental underwater drone and a maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicle, that were created to render all USA capabilities aimed at undermining the Russian nuclear deterrent obsolete.More news: Volkswagen reveals forthcoming luxury electric saloon
At the same time, the Pentagon official reassured lawmakers that the U.S. still has enough nuclear and conventional might to counter "revisionist powers" that seek to "reshape the world order and change territorial borders".
Russian Federation responded by annexing Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.
"We shouldn't forget this not because we'd like to accuse someone, but because this should never take place again", Putin said.
The remarks weren't in the context of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal, who remains in critical condition, along with his daughter, after being found unconscious in Britain.
He said Western sanctions for Moscow's annexation of Crimea and the insurgency in eastern Ukraine were part of "illegitimate and unfair" efforts to contain Russian Federation, but added that "we will win in the long run".More news: Serena Williams ready to return after 14-month absence
"Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves", he said.
Moscow has denied any involvement.
Moscow accused British politicians and journalists of using the case to drive "anti-Russian" sentiment and disrupt relations between London and Moscow.
Speaking in an interview with the Russian state television, Putin described Trump as a great communicator. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders increasingly warn of the threat of a conventional invasion of the Baltic States (or even Western Europe).
"We need to make sure that the innovative component of Russia's development is the main driver of the country's development".More news: US Holocaust Museum Revokes Prestigious Elie Wiesel Award to Suu Kyi
"I made some exaggerations", the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin. He added starkly: "Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world".
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