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Russian president Vladimir Putin has responded angrily to claims that the Kremlin attempted to influence the result of the United States election last November, referring to them as "fictional, illusory, provocations and lies".

Putin slammed the accusations as "lies" intended for "domestic American politics" during a CNBC-moderated panel in Arkhangelsk, Russia on Thursday.

When asked if Russian Federation interfered, Putin said, "Read my lips: No". The two-day IAF, themed "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue", gathered about 2,300 participants from more than 30 countries this year, including senior government officials, organization leaders and experts.

"All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies", Putin told those at the annual Arctic Forum.

Vladimir Putin misquoted one of the most famous US presidential catchphrases of all time on Thursday, using the garbled expression to deny his government interfered in the American presidential election.

On Wednesday, a two-day global forum "Arctic: Territory of Dialogue" kicked off in Russia's northern city of Arkhangelsk.

The strongman arrived for a tour of islands called the Franz Josef Land archipelago, alongside Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.

Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey confirmed that it is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 USA election, including any links between Moscow and Donald Trump's campaign.

"And then what? People who are this irresponsible, where are they leading us all?".

The president spoke at the Arctic forum at Archangelsk, Russia, the site of the failed 1918 USA invasion of the Soviet Union.

Finland is set to take the rotating leadership in the Arctic Council in May.

The Russian president added that, while relations between Moscow and Washington are now "at zero level", he counts on the situation improving someday - and the sooner the better.

"We all have read and have heard and will continue to hear n the weeks and months to come Putin's efforts to meddle in the democratic elections in Europe, just as he attempted to influence our own elections here in the United States previous year", Rubio said.

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

  • Leroy Wright


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