Putin: Russian state has never been involved in hacking

Putin said Thursday that economic restrictions against Russian Federation have had "zero effect".

The Pentagon this week successfully simulated the shoot-down of a hostile long-range ballistic missile launch in the first ever live test of its kind, seen as a warning to hostile regimes such as North Korea and Iran but widely noted in the world media, including Russian Federation. Do we have to look at this helplessly and do the same in Eastern Europe?

Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of global news agencies Thursday, Putin said the US will likely continue to build up its missile shield in the region even if North Korea agrees to curb its nuclear and missile programs.

"This issue is a major concern for us and we have been constantly voicing it for decades".

"The world is in a very risky position and terrorism is an issue on which we both agree".

In response, Ankara imposed prohibitively high import tariffs on Russian wheat from mid-March, but resumed purchases after the presidents' meeting on May 3.

He predicted that the current strain in relations will ease, because "it's counterproductive and harmful".

Some countries have been taking measures against Russian Federation such as economic restrictions aimed at "holding it back from defending its legitimate national interests...."

USA citizen, Stephen Bassett, executive director of the Paridigm Research Group International (PRG), has spent a week in Russian Federation trying to convince Mr Putin of the importance of lifting an alleged "truth embargo" that stops world leaders telling the public the truth about aliens. And now they see that this practice doesn't work.

"On a state level we haven't been involved in this (hacking), we aren't planning to be involved in it".

Moscow's attitude towards cyber crime is under intense scrutiny after US intelligence officials alleged that Russian hackers had tried to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House, something Russia has flatly denied.

The Russian president said the United States used to justify the deployment of ABM sites in Europe by a perceived threat from Iran, but the nuclear deal with Tehran failed to alter its deployment.

"If US forces, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, are, were, in the Crimea, in eastern Ukraine, Russia is undefendable militarily in case of conflict, without using nuclear weapons in the early stage of the conflict", Vyacheslav Alekseyevich Nikonov told a global security forum in Slovakia.

At a joint news conference held by Mr Macron and Mr Putin on Monday, ill-feeling also came to the surface over past allegations made by that state-funded Russian news outlets had sought to destabilise Macron's campaign.

  • Leroy Wright