"Russia seeks full-fledged, equal and friendly relations with the US. Russia threatens no one and all measures we take in the security area are purely retaliatory, which means they are defensive," he said.
Putin stated that "the policy towards Russia the US has been pursuing in recent years can hardly be described as friendly." "Russia’s legitimate interests are ignored, various anti-Russian campaigns take place on a regular basis, more and more sanctions are introduced, for which we give no reason and which are illegitimate from the standpoint of international law, the legal basis of the global security system that came to be in recent decades is being unilaterally destroyed," the Russian leader pointed out.
"That said, Russia is being designated as almost the main threat to the US. I will say frankly: that’s not true," Putin added.