Putin: fans expect more from Russia's misfiring soccer team

"And he should know about this".

Oliver Stone joined Tucker Carlson to discuss his new four-hour documentary on Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's alleged meddling in the USA presidential election, and intelligence agencies' "hostility" toward President Donald Trump.

"I have grandchildren. They live normal lives", Putin said during his annual marathon TV call-in with Russians, confirming a revelation from a series of interviews by USA filmmaker Oliver Stone that have been airing in the U.S. this week.

The Russian president, rising to the challenge, picked out another viewer's comment that had flashed up on a screen, about how it was time Russia got rid of Putin.

But he displayed rather detailed knowledge of what Comey had said, noting that he had not provided evidence of alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.

On the Ukraine issue, Putin noted that Russian Federation did not seek to interfere in its neighbor's domestic affairs, and Washington shall play a constructive role in settling the crisis in Ukraine's southeastern area. He said: "Just take a globe, spin it and poke your finger into it at any place - there are American interests there, and, for sure, they're involved there".

"And what about constant United States propaganda, constant United States support of America-oriented non-government organisations by giving them money directly?" Isn't it an impact on our minds?

The Washington Post reported this week that the probe into Russian election interference, which is now being overseen by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, is looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

On Wednesday, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to approve further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Putin said many heads of state around the world had told him of similar U.S. meddling in their internal affairs. Overall, Moscow believes US-Russia relations will return to normal. "We have our opinion, we say it openly, but it's not some kind of underground sabotage activity", Putin said.

Snowden has been living in Russian Federation since 2013 when it gave him asylum, resisting US pressure to extradite him. Moscow and Washington can cooperate on issues, including the non-proliferation of weapons and the Syria crisis, he added.

Asked about the planned handover during a live call-in show on Thursday, Putin said the original idea to set up a museum in St. Isaac's was "an insult to religious sentiment" and that the church has the right to claim it.

He played it mostly straight on U.S.