Bloomberg exclusive interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin impacts markets; U.S. election

This week’s Bloomberg Businessweek cover story, “Vladimir Putin Just Wants to Make Friends,” caps a week of market and political impact stemming from Bloomberg’s exclusive interview with the Russian President in Vladivostok, Russia. 


Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait interviews Russian President Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok, Russia, September 2, 2016. Photograph: Jeremy Liebman/Bloomberg Businessweek

In a 2 hour interview with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on Sept. 2, Putin discussed everything from a World War II-era dispute with Japan to blasting Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton for ‘shock’ campaign tactics.  

The interview, conducted ahead of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostock, moved the oil market, snapping four days of price decline as Putin said he’d like Russia and OPEC to reach an output freeze while exempting Iran.

The Russian President told Bloomberg that the Democratic National Committee hack was a public service while denying Russia’s involvement. These comments prompted the Hillary Clinton campaign to accuse Putin of aiming to disrupt the U.S. election.

Read more from the wide-ranging interview:

– Putin says Russia and U.S. Close to Breakthrough Deal on Syria
– Putin says Euro area may shrink after Brexit sets precedent
– Putin talks Trade with China ahead of G-20
– Putin says Russia’s self sufficiency let’s it skip bond dash
– Putin sees Rosneft sale as soon as this year to ease budget
– Putin keeps faith in Gazprom even after 80% share crash 


Read continuing coverage in this week’s Bloomberg Businessweek feature on Putin’s new generation of leaders.

Watch Bloomberg Television’s one-hour special airing globally through the weekend of September 10. Airtimes are:

  – 9:00  EDT – New York
  – 14:00 BST – London
  – 17:00 CEST – Moscow
  – 21:00 HKT – Hong Kong

  – 12:00 EDT – New York
  – 17:00 BST – London
  – 20:00 CEST – Moscow
  – 24:00 HKT – Hong Kong 

Read the full interview transcripts  on in English and Russian.

– Ty Trippet | September 9, 2016