Russian President nonchalant over United States alleged meddling

America's leading intelligence agencies concluded previous year that Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the USA election to undermine Clinton's campaign and boost Trump's chances, but Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow. But he also did not deny Russian interference.

"Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked", he said.

"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to cooperate with the opposition if it tries to strengthen the country. "I know him, but he is not a friend of mine", Putin said.

Putin just used Megan Kelly, nine days before his re-election (he can not lose) to tell his own people Tatars and Jews living in Russia with Russian citizenship are not Russians.

"I don't care", Putin responded.

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, when he announced the Russian indictment, said it made no judgment on whether the alleged Russian propaganda campaign altered the outcome of the election which Trump won. "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.

Putin said he doesn't read Trump's tweets and doesn't tweet himself. "Well, Donald is a more modern person", the Russian leader told the journalist.

"Well, we will see".

In terms of the future of Russia-U.S. relations, he cast Russian Federation as the victim. "You made a decision, at the level of parliament, at the level of Congress and put Russian Federation on your list of enemies", he said. He was emphatic that he would never extradite the suspects to the United States to face trial.

As for the relations between US and Russia, Putin said Trump "understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere".


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