Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives to hold his annual televised phone-in with the nation in Moscow on June 7, 2018. / AFP / SPUTNIK / Alexey DRUZHININ
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Speaking during an annual live television phone-in with the Russian people, Putin likened the tariffs that Washington imposed last week on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union to economic sanctions.Putin, who easily won re-election in March, has since 2001 used the annual phone-in to cast himself as a decisive troubleshooter on the home front and a staunch defender of Russia's interests on the world stage.Putin, 65, and his aides say it is an indispensable tool to gauge public sentiment and learn about people's real problems.Putin had been asked about the visa problems being experienced by Roman Abramovich in Britain.This year, Putin dispensed with his usual studio audience, fielding questions asked by text and video.Members of the public submitted around 2 million questions, state TV reported, some of them flashed up on a giant screen close to Putin.Some of those questions, which Putin did not attempt to answer, were politically awkward.
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