‘We will work together with pleasure’

In a large and informal media scrum immediately after the broadcast, CBC News Susan Ormiston asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about Canada’s prime minister Trudeau and how he saw Canada-Russia relations going forward .

“Positively,” he replied.

With regard to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Putin added, “We are acquainted … we met in Antalya at the G20. We met personally. He expressed how he plans to build relations with Russia. This, to us, was acceptable.

“The way I understand it, the new prime minister of Canada wants to build on everything positive we had in previous years, and that totally suits us. We are neighbours over the North Pole. Strangely, though we are far apart [geographically], we have many mutual interests. We will happily work together.”