Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Vladimir Putin: US interferes in elections, not Russian Federation

Vladimir Putin: US interferes in elections, not Russian Federation

She asked the tough questions about Russian interference in the election, but a smug Putin denied involvement and even mocked the USA for "spreading disinformation".

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied rumors he has compromising material on U.S. President Donald Trump and said Moscow did not interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes", he said.

"They have been misled", Putin told Kelly when she told him that American intelligence agencies had concluded that Russian Federation interfered in the election in hopes of election President Donald Trump.

The U.S. intelligence agencies who say Moscow was involved "have been misled", Putin said.

In the interview, Putin claimed that "a child" could have hacked the USA election and also alleged Russian Federation may have been framed.

Pushing back, Putin even referenced an old conspiracy theory about the USA intelligence services masterminding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

"I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation, and I appeal to the American side", Putin said, "help the newly elected president, the head of the United States administration".

"Do you think that from all over the world or from the United States the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?" I can."Speaking at Russia's flagship St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said the hacking accusations were no more than "harmful gossip" and any evidence cited by USA intelligence could easily have been faked". There was a time when he came to Russian Federation ... but I never met him. And then afterwards I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman. "Then on-camera he was the Russian president that we've all come to know: He was combative, he was defiant, he was feisty, he was fiery, he was on offense on all of the issues, He was the Vladimir Putin Russians love to see". "Your lives must be so boring", if Americans are reduced to making up stories about Russian Federation, he said. "And now we're meeting again"."When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today [RT], and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side"."I made my speech", Putin said, adding the two barely talked. "And I got up and left", Mr Putin said.

A preview of NBC's interview with Putin was released to the media on Sunday. "You don't do that I think by invoking executive privilege on a conversation you had apparently with nobody else in the room". Even his astonished comment that Americans have "lost their senses" for thinking Russian Federation might gather compromising information on American businessmen in his country sounded disingenuous. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", he said.

The interview was tense at times, with Putin calling Kelly's questions a "load of nonsense". "We didn't have any relationship at all".

Putin's response to this question was predictable and ended with him nearly scolding Kelly for even asking it in the first place.

NBC News has reported that Flynn is considered a formal "subject" of the Russian Federation probe, which includes a deep look at his business interests, though no evidence has surfaced into the current public sphere that links him to the election meddling effort and his lawyers say he did nothing wrong.

But that's not how NBC News spun it in a promo for the interview on Twitter.

In response to questions about damaging information, Putin asks Kelly, "Have you all lost your senses over there?"

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