Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on their own accord: Putin

But Putin went a step further on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

US intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping President Donald Trump's election victory.

US President Donald Trump said the probe "hurts our country" and has branded the investigation the "single greatest witch hunt" in political history.

Allegations that Russian Federation meddled in the US presidential election in 2016 have further strained the relationship.

At a time when we mark 70 years of strong ties with Russian Federation, I am happy to be here among you, said the Prime Minister. He compared repeated US assertions that Moscow deliberately tried to undermine Clinton to "anti-Semitism" and said it was like "blaming the Jews".

The New York property tycoon, who praised Putin repeatedly during last year's presidential campaign, is facing multiple probes in Washington into the extent of his alleged links to the Kremlin.

"The US intelligence community in January concluded with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to try to shape the US election", he said.

President Putin expressed hope that the business dialogue in the framework of the forum, initiatives and certain ideas of representatives of Russian and USA businesses will help to form a favourable environment for solving this uneasy task. "I will be demanding in my exchanges with Russian Federation", the 39-year-old president told reporters at the end of the G7 summit on Saturday, where the Western leaders agreed to consider new measures against Moscow if the situation in Ukraine did not improve", He added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged US business executives to help improve Russian-US relations, amid continuing Western sanctions.

"The eyes of the world are on Asia and there is renewed interest in India. All should come together to fight terrorism", Modi said, while lamenting that a resolution is pending before the United Nations for 40 years regarding the definition of terrorism and of those who assist terrorists. He does not belong to the traditional type of politicians. It's like anti-Semitism. 'The Jews are to blame.

In a sign of exasperation, Putin compared what he described as the obsessive USA focus on alleged Russian interference with the vote to anti-Semitism.

"Hackers are free people, just like artists who wake up in the morning in a good mood and start painting", he said. Still, he dangled the possibility that patriotic Russians could have been behind the electronic intrusions into the campaign of Trump's main challenger, Hillary Clinton.

"If they have patriotic leanings, they may try to add their contribution to the fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation", he said during an exclusive interaction with editors of worldwide news agencies.

  • Salvatore Jensen