Putin says attempts to contain Russian Federation won't work

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that a 3-year-old could have hacked the USA election and that his country was not responsible.

Putin, speaking to global media at an economic forum in St Petersburg, was answering a question about allegations Moscow might try to interfere in this year's German elections.

In an interview with NBC News' Megyn Kelly Friday, Putin suggested that Russian Federation was framed for the cyber campaign to undermine the election - contrary to US intelligence reports that Moscow had a direct hand in hacking political parties' computer systems and sending found documents to WikiLeaks with the intention of hurting the public's faith in the democratic process. "No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America".

However, he compared hackers to artists, stating that "like artists who get up and paint all day, hackers spend their time attacking adversaries".

"If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation". Putin, who has faced criticism for Russia's alleged role in influencing the outcome of the United States election in 2016, also said some "patriotic persons" could have hacked the USA election instead, as a reaction to "Russophobic hysteria".

Russia's hopes for better ties with President Donald Trump's administration have been dashed by the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation. His comment came amid rising tensions in the relationship between Russian Federation and the United States.

Speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said Friday that it is Ambassador Sergei Kislyak's duty to maintain contacts with various people in Washington.

Russian meddling was also a concern in France, with Putin publicly expressing his sympathy for President Emmanuel Macron's rivals in the campaign.

Russia's relations with the West have been at post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.

Putin said that economic restrictions against Russian Federation have had "zero effect", predicting that the current strain in relations will ease, because "it's counterproductive and harmful for all".

Specifically answering the question, he said ties between India and China should not be seen from a third country's perspective.

Mr Putin also said economic sanctions imposed on Russian Federation over its military action in Ukraine have had "zero effect", and predicted that the current strain in relations will ease, because it is "counter-productive and harmful".

  • Leroy Wright