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Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

United States-Russia relations are "maybe even worse" than during the Cold War, the Kremlin's top spokesman said Friday - adding allegations that Russia tried to influence the US election were "fake news".

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that global warming and ice melting in the Arctic are beneficial for the use of the region for economic purposes.

The FBI and House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russia's alleged influence on the presidential campaign, including possible collusion between Trump associates and the Russian government.

MOSCOW (CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations that his country meddled in the 2016 USA election as "fictional, illusory, provocations and lies". Watch my lips. No, '" Putin said, referring to Reagan when it was, in fact, former President George H.W. Bush who in 1988 said, "Read my lips: "no new taxes". To force the situation to the point of the 1960s [Cuban missile] crisis?

The White House has indicated Trump will attend the July 7-8 summit of the world's 20 major economies, including Russian Federation, to be held in Hamburg.

The CNBC-moderated panel took place at the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia.

He noted that one of the ways to facilitate an improvement in the countries' relations was to organize a meeting between Putin and Trump.

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"Only by pooling efforts can we efficiently combat terrorism", Mr Putin said.

He added that the value of the Arctic's mineral riches was estimated to be US$30 trillion (S$41.8 trillion).

Meanwhile, Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has criticised the BBC for reporting on the alleged role of a Russian embassy worker in Mr Trump's election as U.S. president.

"The contacts of our ambassador to the USA are limited, and there is negative response and reaction to any possible meeting of his".

"We have a lot of things to discuss in economy, security and regional conflicts. Where do people behaving in such an irresponsible way want to take us all, including the American people". "We are ready for that discussion".

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