Putin ridicules claims of meddling in US vote

Facing questions from NBC's Megyn Kelly, who moderated a panel discussion at St Petersburg's economic forum, the Russian president said claims of interference in the U.S. election contained "nothing concrete, only assumptions".

On Saturday, Modi will hold his first meeting with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

The Russian government has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it sought to influence the election in Trump's favor, but Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that some Russian individuals may have acted on their own. "We have set 175 GW target", he said.

President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said on Thursday that Moscow attached "great significance" to the deal despite anything the United States might do.

Earlier, on Friday Russia had said that despite USA withdrawal it was still likely to back the agreement to fight climate change.

He underlined, "we must leave for our future generations a climate wherein they can breathe clean air and have a healthy life".

He said the USA will begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris Agreement on terms that are fair to the United States.

"It's easy to say 'we are not guilty, it's the Russians who are guilty - they interfered in our elections, but we are good", Putin said.

"I would put it very simply", he said. "This subject is of future generations and I would go towards future generations".

He said India had been working to protect the environment even before the Paris deal reached in 2015. Nicaragua refused to sign because of the voluntary nature of the agreement, with Nicaragua's climate negotiator at the time saying, "We're not going to submit because voluntary responsibility is a path to failure".

"It is an inter-connected and inter-dependent world".

"India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions of dollars in foreign aid", he said.

Prime Minister Modi further said that India is a responsible nation and seriously considers climate change a threat.

"In general, it reminds me of anti-Semitism - the Jews are guilty of everything, you see?"

  • Carolyn Briggs