Others viewers hoping to gatecrash the program looked further afield for information.

“When will Trump come to Moscow?” one asked. “He promised!”

Putin did not discuss meeting Trump, but did field a question from a man in Arizona who said he was concerned about anti-Russian sentiment in the United States.

“I know that Russia has many friends in the United States,” said Putin, “but anti-Russia hysteria in the press has an impact.” He said that both the Kremlin and the White House wanted better U.S-Russia relations.