Putin 'couldn't care less' about Russia's interference in USA elections

Putin 'couldn't care less' about Russia's interference in USA elections

In the sometimes combative interview, Putin denied the charge by U.S. intelligence services that he ordered meddling in the November 2016 vote, claiming any interference was not connected to the Kremlin.

Russian interference continues to loom over the USA, with CIA Director Mike Pompeo and two other intelligence officials warning, "The 2018 US midterm elections are a potential target for Russian influence operations". And despite several USA federal agencies pinning the 2016 election hacking on the Russian government, Trump has repeatedly defended Putin's proclamations of innocence and lavished the Russian president with praise.

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away, influenced the outcome of the election?"

Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

"So what if they're Russians?" "I could not are less - they do not represent the interest of the Russian State", Putin told Kelly.

He also denied being a friend of Yevgeny Prigozhin, a Russian businessman dubbed "Putin's chef" because he frequently served the Russian president at his restaurants, who is among those named in the indictment. "At least send us a piece of paper".

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?"

The Russian president also cast his own country as the victim of punishing US sanctions.

"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said. "And we'll take a look at it".

Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections "all the time" but that it was "impossible for us" to do the same. This, he added, was so "the US government is not going to be able to deal with global issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to".

Trump himself has repeatedly shied away from condemning Russian Federation over the alleged meddling.

As for the relations between USA and Russia, Putin said Trump "understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere". "I do not know either", he said to a NBC interviewer.

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