'Watch My Lips': Putin Addresses Russian Interference In US Elections

Speaking at an global Arctic forum in Russia's Arkhangelsk, Putin said, "Finland, in my view, it is a very convenient country, and Helsinki is a very suitable platform for organizing such events", as reported by Russian news agency TASS.

Pressed about the allegations at the forum by CNBC's Geoff Cutmore, who hosted the discussion, Mr Putin answered by quoting former USA president George HW Bush.

For emphasis, he pronounced the last word in English. "We further assess Putin and the Russian government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", the Office of the Director of National Intelligence report said.

"We consider appeals of this sort to be purely politicized questions with the goal of putting some kind of pressure on the internal political life of the country", Putin said. Repeating his hope that the current frosty relationship between Moscow and Washington would soon start to thaw, Putin once again rejected any notion that the Kremlin had interfered in last year's USA election. "Where do people behaving in such an irresponsible way want to take us all, including the American people".

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

He said Moscow would support Trump in fighting terrorism and cooperate with the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency.

"But there is no response, nothing", the Russian leader added. "It is unlikely that we can achieve a positive result without constructive work with our partners on these tracks", he said.

"If not, then such a meeting could take place within the framework of the usual meetings, at the G20", Putin said at a forum on the Arctic in northern city of Arkhangelsk, where his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto was also present.

Putin noted that some political forces in the United States are exploiting the anti-Russia sentiment to improve their position within the country.

Putin suggested that the upheaval in Washington eventually will die down and he will meet personally with Trump.

He said Russian Federation expects the United States political wrangling over the Trump team's connections to Russian Federation to end at some point, opening the way for a constructive summit. "It's necessary for the other side to also show goodwill and readiness for constructive work".

  • Carolyn Briggs