Putin makes fun of Comey's testimony about Trump

"If he continues to be persecuted in this connection, we will be ready to provide political asylum to him, he should know about that", Putin said on "The Direct Line", his annual televised question-and-answer program with the Russian people.

Comey testified last week that he orchestrated the leak of accounts of conversations with US President Donald Trump because he thought it might lead to the appointment of a special prosecutor to lead the Russian Federation investigation into alleged meddling in the 2016 Presidential election. He said, "It sounds and looks very weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander in chief and then hands it over to media via his friend".

While Putin said the U.S.is not the enemy of Russian Federation, he also came as close as he ever has to admitting the country's attempts to meddle in the 2016 US elections, reportedly saying, "They meddle in all other countries affairs, what did they expect?" The first thing that I noticed, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said that he believed that Russia's interference in the election process [in the US] took place, he did not provide any evidence in this case yet again. "But this is not any sort of underground, subversive activity", Putin said.

The Russian president added facetiously that his country is ready to offer Comey asylum if he's prosecuted in the US.

"The Russophobia now evolving in the United States - we can see it and we believe that this is the outcome of a spiraling domestic struggle for power".

During his more than four hours taking calls Thursday, Putin was asked about the dust-up in Washington, and replied, "Comey said he's written down his conversation with the president and handed it to the media through a friend of his".

'The first thing that attracted my attention was that the ex-FBI director said that he believes that there was Russian meddling in the electoral process, but at the same time provided no proof of that, ' Putin said. He said he wants to keep them out of the spotlight so they can grow up "normally". Putin said he had no particular advice to offer on that matter, but said he was sure that bilateral relations could strengthen on a basis of mutual respect.

"If I mention ages and names, they would be identified and never left alone", he said. "Perhaps you're exhausted and you should quit?" read one, which flashed up behind Putin on a screen.

He added that Russian Federation is willing to grant asylum to James Comey, former chief of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in case he is persecuted in his nation.

However, recent games show "there is potential", Putin added.

On the Ukraine issue, Putin noted that Russian Federation did not seek to interfere in its neighbor's domestic affairs, and Washington shall play a constructive role in settling the crisis in Ukraine's southeastern area.

  • Zachary Reyes