Vladimir Putin Misquotes Ronald Reagan to Deny Election Hacking
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 8:07
Accusations that Russia interfered in last year's United States elections are "lies" used for "domestic American politics", Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
The Russian leader contended that, "all those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies".
"It's not in the interests of the majority of American people to take US-Russian relations to the point of absurdity", Putin said.
At the same time, Putin said, Russian Federation "is not going to fight or compete with the United States".
"Ronald Reagan once, debating about taxes, addressing the Americans said, 'Watch my lips - no.' Watch my lips - no", Putin said in Russian.
The denial comes as intelligence committees from both the House and Senate in the United States investigate the alleged interference in the U.S. election, including possible ties between Russian officials and members of Trump's campaign team.
The Russia scandal continues to hang over the Trump administration: U.S. intelligence agencies are convinced Russia mounted a campaign to help Donald Trump get elected, but a House of Representatives inquiry into the allegations has become mired in political infighting.
The US president has denied those claims, as well as unverified claims, made in a dossier compiled by the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, that Trump's campaign team colluded with Russian intelligence.
Speaking upon the Ukrainian issue, Putin noted that he was hoping for the aspiration of the new United States administration to resolve regional crises. Mulvaney had allegedly not wanted to deliver the message but Trump insisted. "If not, I think such a meeting [with the U.S. president] may be held as part of ordinary meetings of this kind at the G20 summit [due in Germany in July]", he said.
"If we try to contain someone by such unsafe methods as regional conflicts, it will end up with global catastrophes and global conflicts", Putin said.
"We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election". "Meanwhile, the contacts of our ambassador to the US are limited, and there is negative response and reaction to any possible meeting of his".
Putin was asked on a CNBC-moderated panel discussion to confirm that he and his regime "never tried to influence the outcome of the USA presidential election, and there will be no evidence found?"
More than 1,000 people were arrested in Moscow on Sunday during an anti-corruption protest, one of the largest unauthorised rallies to take place during Putin's 17 years in power as president or prime minister.
Putin called attempts to drive a wedge in diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington "a mistake".