Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'

30 de marzo de 2017, 13:23Moscow, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Russia in no way wants to wage a war or compete with the United States, the country with the largest military expenditures in the world, President Vladimir Putin said today at an worldwide forum on the Artic.

"I believe Finland suits this objective well, and Helsinki is a very convenient platform to organise an event like this", Putin was quoted by the RT online, when asked if he thought a meeting between him and Trump was possible in Finland.

Putin misattributed the infamous "read my lips" quote by George H.W. Bush to deny Russian interference in the US election, and he denounced those allegations as "lies", reported CNBC.

Opposition activists disagreed however and cited the Russian constitution which they said gives people the right to gather peacefully without the authorities' approval.

The G20 summit of world powers is set to convene in the northern German city of Hamburg in early July and both U.S. and Russian leaders are expected to attend.

The U.S. intelligence community has previously concluded that Russian Federation may have interfered in the 2016 presidential race by hacking the Democratic Party.

'All these are used for domestic American political agendas.

Mr Putin said he was ready to meet with Mr Trump, and work with him to fight terrorism, and criticised what he called use of the "Russian card" in USA politics.

Putin also slammed the way the Russian ambassador is being treated in the US.

"Do we want to bring the situation to what it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis of the 1960s?"

"There are many issues which long have come to a head in the economic and security fields and regarding regional conflicts", Putin said.

On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, the Republican chairman of the Senate committee, said one witness would be Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

In addition to his staunch denial of election meddling, Putin dismissed all accusations claiming he became personally involved in President Trump's victory as fictional lies.

Trump says he and Putin have never met, but both leaders have repeatedly said they are open to doing so. "I very much hope that our American partners and colleagues will embark on this path of cooperation", the head of state said.

  • Leroy Wright