Published: Sat, June 03, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Putin: hackers may just be patriotic

One day after telling a forum in St. Petersburg the US election hackers might have been "patriotic" Russians, Russian ruler Vladimir Putin informed NBC New's Megyn Kelly "Hackers can be anywhere".

Russia's hopes for better ties with President Donald Trump's administration have been dashed by the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

"The incident was used to incriminate him", said Putin during a discussion at a plenary session of the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

Putin told Kelly, in English, "Don't worry, be happy", assuring her that the agreement would take effect in 2021, so there was still "plenty of time to reach an agreement".

Earlier, at a Friday forum moderated by Kelly, Putin likened the USA blaming his country for hacking the presidential election to "blaming the Jews" and joked that the newscaster's "underage daughter" could have been behind the hacking.

"All these facts show that Russian-Indian economic cooperation is returning to a growth trajectory, and we both have a stake in consolidating this positive trend", Putin said.

But Friday he said the digital fingerprints, like the ones the U.S. Intelligence Community cited in its assessment as belonging to Russians, can be changed.

Putin joked that while it's still chilly and rainy in Russia, Trump and American imperialism could now be blamed for global warming.

"Your girl that is 3-years-old can perpetrate such an attack, and they present it like this", Putin said. "It's just hysteria. Should I give you a pill?"

He said the USA will begin negotiations to re-enter the Paris Agreement on terms that are fair to the United States.

Hillary Clinton's campaign team was blaming the Russians rather than admitting its own mistakes, he said.

One of the almost 200 signatories of the accord, Russian Federation has not yet ratified the document, but Putin called for calm following Trump's decision.

He also attended a collective meeting of Governors of 16 regions of Russian Federation.

In his first tweet, Mr Blankfein said the decision was "a setback for the environment and for the US' leadership position in the world". "It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet".

Friedman also questioned whether moves by the US Senate to impose new sanctions could succeed without enjoying the full executive support of President Donald Trump, who has made no statement in support of imposing additional sanctions.

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