Putin avoids criticizing Trump climate decision

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed charges of meddling in the United States' 2016 election on Friday, saying that a young child could have manufactured evidence to support the assertion of US intelligence agencies.

He asks Putin whether, as a former KGB agent, he despises Snowden - who was given refuge in Russian Federation after he initiated one of the largest data leaks in USA history.

"Hackers can be anywhere", Putin told Kelly.

Likening hackers to free-spirited artists acting according to their moods, he said cyber-attacks could be made to look like they had come from Russian Federation when they had not.

Noting that the decision on the Paris climate deal had been taken by another United States president, Barack Obama, Putin said that the new administration would probably just rework the agreements, or come up with a new climate deal. "It was done by people who wanted to blame him for that", said the Russian leader at the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday.

The Russian president dismissed the conclusions of the US intelligence community that Russia meddled on behalf of Trump, saying that he had read the report and found nothing but "speculation and conclusions base on speculation".

The comments come after Donald Trump's administration has been placed in the crosshairs of a special prosecutor who is looking into possible collusion or ties between members of Trump's inner circle and the Russian state and Russian oligarchs.

"It follows from an agreement and.signed protocols.They don't show them to us, but we generally know their content.There is a possibility of USA troop deployment on these territories", he added.

"[In the vedas] it was mentioned...we have the right to milk nature, however, we do not have the right to exploit nature", he said.

"Maybe someone has a pill that will cure this hysteria", Putin added.

Defending Mr Trump's decision, vice president Mike Pence dismissed climate change as "a paramount issue for the left".

Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russian Federation in 2013 after leaking classified information about US spy operations.

Asked about Russian election meddling, that propagandist - whose views Kelly portrayed as representing those of everyday Russians-said, "t$3 here is a lot of kindergartenish stuff going on".

In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, Putin also questioned Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies to increase their military spending.

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

"NATO has already been talking about transformation ... into a political organization, as the kind of an organization that creates the elements of stability in the world", Putin said. That gives Putin lots of wiggle room because the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s triggered the collapse of the country's centrally planned economy, greatly reducing carbon emissions in subsequent years.

  • Leroy Wright