Russian President nonchalant over USA alleged meddling

  • Russian President nonchalant over USA alleged meddling

Russian President nonchalant over USA alleged meddling

And despite several US federal agencies pinning the 2016 election hacking on the Russian government, Trump has repeatedly defended Putin's proclamations of innocence and lavished the Russian president with praise.

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he said. "There's no goal", Putin said.

Pressed by Kelly, Putin finally acknowledged that even if Russian individuals interfered, he doesn't care, because they may not have Russian heritage, and according to him, did not represent the interests of the government. Putin asked NBC interviewer Megyn Kelly.

He also denied being a friend of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman dubbed "Putin's chef" because he frequently served the Russian president at his restaurants, who is among those named in the indictment. So what. I don't care.

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

The Mueller charges, announced February 16, alleged that the Russians created fake social media postings, posed online as American political activists and fraudulently purchased advertisements - all seeking to meddle in the presidential race. Throughout the interview, Putin continued to dismiss the claims that the meddling had come at the orders of the Russian government.

"It's not our goal to interfere".

"He understands that if it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship with someone, then you have to treat your current or potential partner with respect", he said.

Trump himself has repeatedly refused to condemn Russian Federation over the alleged meddling, and has said he admires Putin as a strong leader.

Putin is facing little opposition in the presidential election whose first round is on March 18. "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. Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States?

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

"Listen, let's sit down calmly, talk and figure things out", he said.