Putin scorns USA claims over Trump-Russia ties

Russian President Vladimir Putin asserted Friday that United States hackers could have made it appear that Russia was behind cyber hacks in the 2016 USA presidential election. "They came to the polls and voted for him, and the other team miscalculated". So we still have time.U.S. and European Union sanctions against Russian Federation remain in effect because of its involvement in the Ukraine and its annexation of Crimea.He proceeded to characterise the scandal about Mr Trump's alleged links to Russian Federation and possible Kremlin interference in the United States election as racist.Mr Putin scoffed at the United States focus on the Russian ambassador's contacts with members of Mr Trump's team, saying the envoy was just doing his job. "Trump's team was more effective in the electoral campaign", Putin said.

Kushner met with the ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, in early December, and suggested establishing a secure communications line between the Kremlin and Trump officials at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to US officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account. "A dumb man who can't do anything would blame the Jews for everything". What's an ambassador supposed to do? "He must meet, discuss current affairs, negotiate".

"My answer is no", he said.

"Now we should come out of good terrorism, bad terrorism (debate); my terrorist, your terrorist (syndrome). We didn't even start negotiations".

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed a deadly chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against Bashar Assad.

In an oblique reference to Pakistan, Modi said terrorists don't manufacture weapons, but some countries supply guns to them.

During the Friday event, Putin also referred to the US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation military alliance as "an instrument of U.S. foreign policy", pointing out that a lack of "constructive dialogue" with the organization impedes joint efforts on fighting terrorism.

Russia, under the Paris climate deal, has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by at least 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Putin also sounded off Friday about US scrutiny of meetings between Trump's team and Russia's ambassador to the United States.

"Help us to set up a normal political dialogues", Putin said. "They can be in Russia, in Asia... even in America, Latin America", he told NBC News, which previewed an interview with the Russian leader that will be broadcast in full on Sunday.

Vladimir Isachenkov reported from Moscow.

  • Leroy Wright