Putin denies Russian meddling in United States election

UPDATED | While Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in a humorous mood on his second day at St. Petersburg's economic forum, the mood soured as questions from American journalist Megyn Kelly turned to the subject of the USA election and Russia's alleged role in it. Putin grew more animated than usual, voicing loud denials that Russian Federation was part of such a ploy to influence the election.

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

The Russian president implied that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is irrelevant now that the Cold War is over (in 2001, he said Russia should be allowed to join the alliance).

After Trump's election, "there was a sense that things could change a lot and guess what?" Being the scapegoat in the hacking saga is "like anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews", he said.

On Monday, Putin told a French newspaper that the allegations of Russian meddling were a "fiction" driven by Democrats' "desire ... to improve their standing by accusing Russia of interfering".

Putin said Thursday that "patriotic" Russians could have been involved, but covered their tracks to make it seem like the operation was run by the Russian government. We ought to understand what is happening and where it will lead us.

Probes have centered on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was sacked three weeks into his tenure after lying about his contact with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Putin said. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs".

"What fingerprints?" Putin said.

Asked about his view of Mr. Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, Putin refrained from criticizing the move and called for a constructive dialogue on efforts needed to curb global warming. "I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation and appeal to the Americans: help the newly-elected president as well". It's not much of a surprise that they continue to do so, as the U.S. is the nation best positioned to thwart Russian ambitions of empire. "That is not proof", he insisted, according to NBC News.

He added that while watching the US campaign unfold, he would sometimes think that Trump was going "over the top".

"The Putin Interviews" is set to air on the Showtime channel from June 12.

  • Larry Hoffman