On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual PR centerpiece, a lengthy Q&A session on domestic and international topics.

I spoke with Ireland’s RTE News at One and with BBC Radio Wiltshire about Putin maneuvers such as his warning of World War III to his boosting of Russia’s economy to his demand that Russian officials be allowed access to Yulia Skripal — even though Russian State personnel remain the prime suspect in the attempted nerve agent assassiation of Skripal and her father, former spy Sergey.

Listen to RTE

Putin would say that Russia is on the up and regaining the power status that it always deserved, but what he says and the reality are very different.

Listen to BBC Wiltshire

On Putin’s reference to the Skripal case:

This shows how seriously this is being treated by the Kremlin. On the one hand, they realize that they are in trouble. On the other, they are trying to turn this to their propaganda advantage. Rather than being the suspect, they are playing the victim.