"We are not building facilities for long-term plans there so we will be able to promptly withdraw our military personnel if need be", Putin said during an annual televised phone-in with the Russian public on Thursday. No one wanted to listen, and no one wanted to do anything to stop these tendencies.
"We are not yet planning a withdrawal of these military forces", he said.
"I did not hide my views at Fox and, as word spread that I would not unswervingly support President Trump and, worse, that I believed an investigation into Russian interference was essential to our national security, I was excluded from segments that touched on Vladimir Putin's possible influence on an American president, his campaign or his administration", Peters stated in his op-ed.
Critics say the event, being held a week before the World Cup starts, is a stage-managed piece of theatre created to let Russians let off steam and fleetingly feel as if they can influence a bureaucratic, top-down system.
'You have just said that Mr Prigozhin is referred to as 'Putin's chef, ' Putin said.
"I still hope that this meeting - a very fearless and mature decision US President Donald Trump has made, to have direct contacts with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un - will take place, and we all expect a positive outcome", Mr Putin told China Media Group.
"But for the moment, we need them there, they are carrying out important tasks, including providing security for Russian Federation in the region, and helping our interests in the economic sphere". "Clearly we are dealing with something other than a military agent".
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in March on a bench at a shopping center in Salisbury.
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that the United States will have to offer North Korea solid security guarantees if it wants to strike a denuclearization deal.
Mr Putin is due to take part in a summit of the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation later this week.
Putin didn't fire any of his governors on live television, as some Russian journalists had speculated he might.
"Don't lie", the Russian president said.
The trip comes a month before Austria takes over the rotating European Union presidency in July, and a week before Russian, Ukrainian, German and French foreign ministers meet in Berlin on 11 June to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
"I think that the possibility of these meetings depends to a large extent on the internal political situation in the United States", he said, CNN reported. "But of course I think that we should raise a new, young generation of leaders, responsible people who will be able to take on the responsibility of Russian Federation".
"I. recommended at the time that our business keep its capital in Russian Federation, in the motherland", said Putin.
Russia's state-owned news outlet RT seized on the interview, saying Putin "deflected lunges" from the interviewer who asked about Russian election meddling.