Putin attacks Americans for Russia-Trump deal claims
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 13:47
The Latest on St. Petersburg economic forum (all times local): 5:05 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has ridiculed the USA focus on the Russian ambassador's contacts with members of President Donald Trump's team, saying that the envoy was only doing his job.
In an interview with NBC News' Megyn Kelly, an excerpt of which the network released Friday, Putin sought to shift blame away from the Russian government.
USA intelligence agencies have accused Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign aimed at tilting the November 2016 election in favor of Republican Donald Trump, who had pledged to boost ties with Moscow.
"I'm deeply convinced that no hackers can radically influence another country's election campaign", he said.
Asked if he could offer any advice to Trump, Putin said it would be "counterproductive" to give advice to a political counterpart and added that "a person like President Trump doesn't need any advice, especially if it comes to political issues". "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia.even in America, Latin America", he said. "Hoof prints? Horn prints?"
"The problem isn't us, the problem is inside United States politics", Putin added. Putin quipped on Friday when he was asked for his reaction at an economic forum in St Petersburg.
Putin said that evidence pointing at Russian hackers' participation in attacks is, essentially, fake news to make Russia look bad.
Putin expressed scorn at the focus on Kislyak's contacts with Trump's team, saying it was normal for a diplomat to establish contacts. Putin said. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs".
Russian President Vladimir Putin has chided Americand over continued claims of a Russian deal with US President Donald Trump.
Putin further slammed American Democratic politicians for their failure to acknowledge their mistakes in the campaign and "taking internal United States political squabbles into the worldwide arena".