PM Modi leaves for France to meet President Macron on Saturday

President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that some "patriotic" individuals may have engaged in hacking but insisted Russian Federation as a country has never done it, and he pledged Thursday to wait out US political battles to forge constructive ties with President Donald Trump.

Megyn Kelly was pressing Putin to explain why he earlier said that perhaps "patriotic" hackers in Russian Federation committed the cyber-attack. "We're supposed to get rid of ours", the US President lashed out, adding that "compliance with the terms of the Paris Accord and the onerous energy restrictions it has placed on the US could cost America as much as 2.7 million lost jobs by 2025".

Modi also sidestepped a question on which side he stood after Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change accord.

Mr Modi said he was asked a similar question in Germany earlier this week before the USA decision was made public.

Putin then reportedly said the rhetoric around Russian hacking in America, "reminds me of anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews".

"Somehow we here aren't feeling that the temperature is really rising, but we should be thankful to President Trump".

This is the first time that an Indian prime minister is attending the SPIEF forum, which is held annually in St Petersburg, Russia's second-largest city and President Vladimir Putin's hometown.

"But it turned out that he was right", Putin said.

"You have been talking at length about leaders like President Trump, Hillary Clinton, Chancellor Merkel and President Putin".

However, he said that even if hackers did intervene it's unlikely they could swing a foreign election.

"I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation and appeal to the Americans: help the newly-elected president as well".

The US government publicly announced in October that it was "confident" Russian Federation orchestrated the hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and other political organizations of the Democratic Party in the lead-up to the election.

"I don't think we should push figures here in our military cooperation because it has an unprecedented level in its volume and quality".

Putin on Friday also echoed a popular talking point of Trump's, that investigations into ties with Russian Federation is a fake story put forth by Democrats bitter they lost the election.

Russian Federation is also a huge country. He wouldn't lie. I mean, if we can't trust Putin, who can we trust?

  • Leroy Wright