Cooling of relations with U.S. not Russia's fault - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that the level of trust between Moscow and Washington has dropped significantly recently.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has admitted that the level of trust between Moscow and Washington has dropped significantly recently.

"I agree that trust has largely been lost. But why is this happening? We believe there is no fault of ours here," Putin said during a televised hotline with the public on Thursday.

"To act the way the United States does in Yugoslavia, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Libya, they are allowed to do so. So why isn't Russia allowed to defend its own interests?" Putin said.

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