Vladimir Putin Tells Megyn Kelly: US Hackers Could Have Framed Russia
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 04, 2017,
Jun 04, 2017, 14:24
A frustrated Vladimir Putin dismissed allegations that Russian Federation tried to influence last year's presidential election as "hysteria" and compared the attention to the issue in the U.S.to anti-Semitism while speaking on a panel discussion moderated by NBC's Megyn Kelly Friday. Putin asked NBC's Kelly. "They can be in Russia, in Asia.even in America, Latin America", the Russian president told NBC News' Megyn Kelly in an interview that's set to air Sunday night. They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia", Putin said, "even in America, Latin America.
Putin also said that those who uploaded the documents to WikiLeaks made a decision to do so when it was convenient for them after taking into consideration political developments.
When asked at Friday's forum about reports that Russia's ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, met with members of Trump's campaign during the election, Putin was again flippant.
Earlier, Putin expressed his concern about the possibility of the division on the Syrian land, stressing the necessity to make the conflict- free areas as a model for the future political discussions, to maintain the territorial integrity of Syria, as per what he said. "I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation and appeal to the Americans: help the newly-elected president as well".
"IP addresses - they can be invented, you know?"
Putin, addressing the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, said on Friday that the hacking accusations were nothing more than "harmful gossip" which he complained was damaging international relations and the global economy.
Putin attempted to allay global concerns about Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Paris climate agreement and called on world leaders to collaborate with Trump on the issue.
One area where Putin was critical of Trump's policy was regarding the United States president's demand that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members raise their military spending to 2% of GDP. "That is not proof", Putin told Kelly.
Putin also said he wouldn't judge Trump for quitting a landmark climate pact, but said he thought Washington could have stayed in the agreement.
Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russian Federation in 2013 after leaking classified information about US spy operations.
"It's an attempt to solve internal political problems using foreign policy instruments", said the Russian president.