Revealing US Democratic Party Election Manipulations Leaks Correct - Putin
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 03, 2017,
Jun 03, 2017, 6:33
Russian President Vladimir Putin turned the tables on claims the Kremlin meddled in the USA presidential election, with a feisty Putin on Friday accusing American spies of "crude and systematic" widespread interference in Russian affairs.
Putin said that although the Kremlin had found Trump's campaign statements about pursuing friendlier relations with Russia encouraging, existing opportunities for cooperation and closer ties between the USA and Russia in areas of mutual interest were blocked by ongoing "Russo-phobic hysteria" in Washington, a reference to ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 general election, and alleged links between the Trump campaign organization and Russian agents.
Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of leading global news agencies, Putin also alleged that some evidence pointing at Russian hackers' participation in attacks - he didn't specify which - could have been falsified in an attempt to smear Russia.
"The US intelligence community in January concluded with high confidence that Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign to try to shape the US election. That is not proof", Putin said, per NBC News.
"Someday this will have to stop", Putin said. Putin responds that he thinks Russia's intelligence activities are "working quite well" and are lawful.
Putin's shift, according to analysts, could mean he is anticipating that ongoing Russia investigations in Washington could unearth convincing evidence of Russian involvement in hacks directed against US political institutions and organizations. He even dangled the possibility that "patriotic" Russians may have been involved in hacking election campaigns, though he denied any Kremlin role.
Various US politicians and intelligence services accused Russian Federation of meddling in the recent US presidential campaign and alleged hacking attempts. "That's the most important thing", he said.
The climate deal can not work without the United States, he said, but the accord is not slated to go into effect until 2021, which left hope for a compromise that would bring the United States back to the deal.
Putin repeated calls for bolstering the country's business climate and cleaning up the judiciary, but critics say the Kremlin leader has failed to make good in the past on pledges to make serious changes.
France also expressed concern about Russian meddling in its elections after Putin publicly indicated Kremlin's preference for Emmanuel Macron's far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen.
He added that while watching the USA campaign unfold, he would sometimes think that Trump was going "over the top".
Ambassador Sergei Kislyak's meetings with members of Trump's team have been a focus of the congressional investigation.
One area where Putin was critical of Trump's policy was regarding the U.S. president's demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members raise their military spending to 2% of GDP.
The discussion reportedly grew tenser when Kelly pressed Putin about his country's alleged collusion with the Trump administration, which sought to end sanctions against the nation.
Other world leaders, however, have condemned Trump's decision.