In a Q&A with CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore, Vladimir Putin addressed topics ranging from Ukraine to economic sanctions to Edward Snowden.
A few highlights:
On Ukraine: Putin said he will “respect” the outcome of this weekend’s presidential elections and is confident the situation will calm down sooner or later.
On Obama: “He is a difficult man to deal with. Where did you get the guy?”
On Edward Snowden: Putin said he has “chosen his fate himself, he is not our agent and didn’t give us secrets.” He also called him a “human rights fighter.”
See our full recap on CNBC.com.
(The Q&A took place at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum)