The interview was part of a documentary titled World Order 2018. It was first awarded on Yom HaShoah of 1967 by then Prime Minister Levi Eshkol. His popularity, his control over the levers of power, and what critics say have been years of steps to suppress dissent and marginalize opponents virtually ensure his victory in the presidential election set for March 18.
He lavished US President Donald Trump with praise, describing him as a great communicator and a "balanced" man, who easily gets into the gist of various issues and listens to his interlocutor.
"It's quite hard to interact with such a system, because it's unpredictable", he added.
When asked about his countries hopes for better relations with the United States and the ongoing investigations into the allegation that the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation during the presidential election, Putin said that the tensions in relations have been caused by the Western efforts to weaken and contain Russian Federation. He said that when the two sat next to each other at the G20 summit in Hamburg last summer, they talked about wildlife and fishing in Russian Federation.
With nuclear tensions at a high between Russian Federation and the West, Vladimir Putin has said that he is willing to destroy the world - but only if Russian Federation is threatened.
He also blamed the United States for what he alleged was its role ousting Ukraine's Russia-friendly president in February 2014 amid massive street protests.
"I have no disappointment at all", Putin said when asked about the US president.
"We shouldn't forget this not because we'd like to accuse someone, but because this should never take place again", Putin said.
French foreign minister visits Iran amid missile tensions
For his part, Le Drian hailed Iran's commitment to the JCPOA, saying that France insists on the full implementation of the deal. Le Drian said that both countries have new plans for boosting cooperation in monetary and banking interactions.
In an angry address aimed at the West's sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, Mr Putin on Thursday (AEDT) said efforts to contain Russian Federation were "illegitimate and unfair".
"Those who serve us with poison will eventually swallow it and poison themselves", he added.
Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on a park in Salisbury, having come in to contact with a nerve agent.
Moscow has denied any involvement.
Moscow accused British politicians and journalists of using the case to drive "anti-Russian" sentiment and disrupt relations between London and Moscow.
"I made some exaggerations", the action-loving Russian leader said with a grin.
"We need to make sure that the innovative component of Russia's development is the main driver of the country's development".
"Yes, it will mean a global catastrophe for mankind, for the entire world".