In an interview with NBC, Putin denied US charges that he was behind the interference in the elections which resulted in Donald Trump becoming President. Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship.
"It's not our goal to interfere", Putin added.
"I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government", he said, according to the interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin. The president has called the investigation a "witch hunt", although aides have clarified he means the probe of any collusion has no merit.
Putin also suggested some of the 13 Russian nationals indicted by the United States over alleged meddling may not be ethnically Russian.More news: Obstruction Case Against Trump Strengthens After He Asked Witnesses about Interviews
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to be reelected for a fourth term in next weekend's ballot, has said he has no plans to change the constitution to stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024.
This, he added, was so "the US government is not going to be able to deal with worldwide issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to".
In an interview with American television NBC , Putin asked on what basis the Kremlin was accused on being behind a covert operation to influence election results. So what if they're Russians? Maybe they have dual citizenship. Give us an official request.
"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?" "And we'll take a look at it". We don't see what goal we can reach by doing something like that.More news: As Selection Sunday nears, teams ready for Madness
But Putin said he was willing to "sit down calmly, talk and figure things out", going on to say, "I believe that the current president wants to do that, but there are forces that won't let him do it". Putin seemed unperturbed by Kelly's suggestion that he was unaware of the hacking.
USA government intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russian Federation interfered in America's election.
"In Illinois, investigators found evidence that cyber intruders tried to delete or alter voter data", Bloomberg said.
Former President Barack Obama's cyber response team reportedly wanted to strike back hard at Russian Federation when they first learned of its election meddling in the summer of 2016.More news: Sunny, High Near 41