By Nick ThorpeRussia’s Vladimir Putin has urged US President Donald Trump to make the Russian economy stronger, but the US has repeatedly refused.
Putin spoke at a news conference after a meeting with the president of the European Commission, which has helped broker an EU-Russia trade deal.
“We should not underestimate the will of the American people, I repeat, but we need to know who the people are,” Putin said.
“There is no dictator in the world.
It is an economic system based on the rule of law, and we have to defend it.”
Putin said the European Union is trying to create a “new order” in Russia by joining forces with the US to combat the spread of infectious diseases.
The EU has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2025 and reduce global warming to 2C.
“What is important is that the economic system in the US does not become more competitive and the political system does not come closer to the people,” Putin added.
Russia’s economy has grown by 3.6% a year for the past decade, according to government figures.
Putin has said the country is on course to grow by 4% this year.
But the US and the EU have been trying to hammer out a new deal on trade, which would see Russia join the World Trade Organization.
The EU has accused Russia of unfairly subsidising its energy imports and is seeking a ban on energy imports from Moscow.