Putin gives new election-hacking theory during Megyn Kelly's NBC debut

"It wouldn't make sense for us to interfere", Putin said. "We have a lot of Americans who visit us", Putin said in an interview with NBC's "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly".

Speaking at Russia's annual showcase economic forum in Saint Petersburg on Friday, Putin slammed accusations that Moscow meddled in the election. Trump himself has been dogged by questions about any business dealings with Russia as well as reports of a damaging Russian dossier. They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia", Putin said, "even in America, Latin America.

Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump, despite Trump's previous travel to Russian Federation as a businessman. "We didn't have any relationship at all", the Russian president said. Without wasting time on niceties, the former Fox News primetime host asked the Russian President a slew of questions that have been the hot topics of discussion in the US ever since President Donald Trump won the Republican presidential nomination.

"Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?" At one point Putin openly mocked Kelly's line of questioning, saying "you people are so creative over there".

Mr Putin also said he had only a brief and passing acquaintance with former USA national security adviser Michael Flynn, though the two sat next to each other at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

Flynn has become a central figure in investigations by Congress and the FBI into potential ties to Russian Federation by the Trump administration and his campaign. "I was one of the guests there", he told the newspaper.

Senior US intelligence officials have also told NBC News that they believe Putin was personally involved in the alleged meddling and he personally directed how hacked material was used to try to damage the Democrats. "I made my speech".

"IP addresses can be invented - a child can do that!" he also said, per NBC News.

Mr Putin minimised his contact with Mr Flynn, who was sacked by Mr Trump in February after offering misleading descriptions of conversations he had had before the inauguration with ambassador Kislyak.

Putin took the opportunity to completely deny all Russian involvement in the 2016 elections, which USA intelligence agencies say he personally tried to disrupt by hacking into Democratic computer systems and releasing embarrassing info about the party's nominee, Hillary Clinton. He used to be in the security services.' That's it. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn".

Flynn has declined to testify to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by President Trump earlier this month, is set to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee next week about possible undue influence that was exerted concerning the ongoing federal investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

  • Leroy Wright