Putin Comments on Alleged Interference In US Election

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

"Ronald Reagan, once debating about taxes and addressing the Americans, said, 'Watch my lips, '" the Russian despot said, while pointing to his mouth.

Putin said he hopes for good relations with the United States and its new president.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has responded angrily to claims that the Kremlin attempted to influence the result of the USA election last November, referring to them as "fictional, illusory, provocations and lies". "Russian relations to absurdity for the sake of domestic politics", he said.

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

Putin wasn't bashful about telling the forum his opinions on why the American media, and US government officials, have become obsessed with tying the Trump administration with Russian influence.

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 U.S. politics. "That's why we'll continue to suggest to everyone insisting that Russian Federation was interfering in this or that way into domestic affairs of the United States, we will suggest to them to read Mr. Putin's lips". Putin describes the allegations as part of the US domestic political struggle.

Putin said on Thursday he was ready to meet Trump at an Arctic summit in Finland.

Earlier this month, James Comey, the director of the FBI, confirmed that it has launched an investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 USA election, including any links between Moscow and Trump campaign officials.

"Natural resources, which are of paramount importance for the Russian economy, are concentrated in this region", he said in remarks carried by Russian news agencies.

"We're quite confident", he said".

"I can see the United States ambassador (to Russia John Tefft) is sitting here".

"Meanwhile the contacts of our envoy are being limited, his every meeting is met with hostility as some kind of spy stunt", Putin said, insisting that Kislyak is simply doing his job. The intelligence community also concluded that the Kremlin interfered to boost Donald Trump's chances to beat Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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