11. November, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam.
Allegations of collusion between the trump administration and Russia, “was, of Trump’s opponents to delegitimize Trump’s time in office,” Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
The tactic has a negative impact on the U.S. political system to undermine Trump the “serious success” the Russian President said at his year-end news conference
The annual meetings are legendary for their length – with the 2008 version of 4 hours and 40 minutes.
On Thursday, Putin confused by the current political upheavals in the United States
“It seems strange to me, because it seems, you understand that you undermine your own nation, you limit the powers of the President,” he said.
Putin then slammed the allegations that his former Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak, had contact with Trump-campaign of the officials of the U.S. presidential election in 2016.
“Is that forbidden? Why has it in the spy mania?”, he asked the Reporter.
Putin spoke more about the tainted relations between the two countries, noting that it is in the best interests of the Russian and American people to “normalize relations and work together” on common issues such as the Middle East and North Korea.
An American journalist asked to evaluate Putin’s Trump performance since taking office.
“It is not judge to me, Trump,” Putin said. “This is for the American people.”
Putin acknowledged that Trump has “serious achievements” during his time in office, citing the state of the U.S. economy, for one.
“With all due respect to his critics, this is an objective fact,” he added.
But the press conference also marked a few points of criticism in the U.S., For example, Putin proposed that the US attitude towards the New START Treaty, a bilateral agreement on reduction of offensive weapons.
“We will not be pulled into an arms race,” he said.
He also criticized the U.S. government under pressure-financed TV state channel RT, formerly Russia Today – register as a “foreign agent” with the Ministry of justice.
“Where is the freedom of the media, one of the cornerstones of America?” he asked.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lukas Mikelionis is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @Lukas mikelionis.