October 18, 2018 / 2:33 PM / a month ago

Putin says Trump listens to him and wants to repair U.S.-Russia ties

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump receives a football from Russian President Vladimir Putin as they hold a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland July 16, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russia’s Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump listened to him and was keen to improve battered U.S.-Russia ties despite the complicated domestic political situation in the United States.

Putin, who was speaking at a discussion forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, made the comments when asked if he agreed that Trump only listened to himself.

Putin said he thought the U.S. president wanted to stabilize the troubled relationship between Moscow and Washington and said it was not true that Trump only listened to himself.

“Maybe he acts like that with someone else, but in that case they are to blame. I have a completely normal and professional dialogue with him and of course he listens. I see that he reacts to his interlocutor’s arguments,” said Putin.

The Russian leader said it was normal they disagreed about many things, something he said was normal in discussions with foreign leaders.

Reporting by Gleb Stolyarov; Writing by Andrew Osborn; Editing by Richard Balmforth

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