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Putin dismisses United States claims about Trump, election

19 June 2017

Putin also argued that the United States "actively interferes" with other countries' elections.

In an interview aired Sunday on NBC, Putin again flatly denied USA intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation meddled via hacking and other means in the United States election to help Trump win.

For several months, the Kremlin has batted down questions on possible Russian collusion with Donald Trump's presidential campaign or interference in the 2016 U.S. election, with creative variations on "No comment".

"He was clearly defending himself by putting all the blame on somebody else, whether it was the USA or 3-year-olds, or smart hackers, or people who could imitate Russian Federation or US interference in somebody else's elections".

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

"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 we're gathering information on all of the [Americans visiting the USA on business].

Putin said he does not have a "special relationship" with the US president, whose team is under investigation for possible links to Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign and transition period.

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"There was a time when he used to come to Moscow", he continued.

Putin told Kelly that he doesn't know Flynn, even though he sat next to him at a dinner in Moscow in 2015.

This, of course, is the Kremlin's standard response when challenged with the findings of 17 USA intelligence agencies who collectively assert that President Putin ordered his people to intervene on the side of President Trump. "Good job. Your lives must be boring".

He later told French newspaper Le Figaro that those who lost the United States election were simply blaming Russian Federation because they couldn't admit their own failings.

"Well this just another load of nonsense", he said.

Vladimir Putin has had what's being described by NBC as "a fascinating conversation" with the network's new host, Megyn Kelly, in which they discussed "a range of subjects, from sanctions to Syria", as well as Moscow's alleged meddling in U.S. politics.

Lawmakers should get the chance to hear from fired FBI Director James Comey - and President Donald Trump "is better served by getting all this information out". "Do you think that I have time to talk to our ambassadors every day? Are you all - have you all lost your senses over there?"

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Putin said he didn't have knowledge of meetings between Trump campaign officials and the Russian ambassador. "I didn't even really talk to him [at the dinner]".

It was a program which came with some fanfare, particularly if you were watching NBC News platforms in the days leading up to Sunday's debut.

"We didn't have any relationship at all", he said.

Mr Flynn was sacked in February after misleading the White House over his Russian links and has declined to testify to the Senate intelligence committee.

He also says that it might be the U.S. hackers only who through professional and skilful techniques have shifted the blame on the Russians.

"[Putin] talked openly about his family, and it was off the record so I won't get into it, but he talked lovingly about his family", the NBC host said.

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Putin dismisses United States claims about Trump, election