Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Putin 'couldn't care less' about U.S. election interference

Putin 'couldn't care less' about U.S. election interference

The TV presenter asked if the Russian president could "pardon" Alexey Navalny, so that he could compete in elections.

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.

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

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

"So what if they're Russians?"

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, when he announced the Russian indictment, said it made no judgment on whether the alleged Russian propaganda campaign altered the outcome of the election which Trump won.

Putin said Moscow could not prosecute anyone for the alleged meddling because no evidence has been presented showing that Russian law has been violated. "Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" he said. "At least send us a piece of paper".

Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections "all the time" but that it was "impossible for us" to do the same. "And we'll take a look at it". "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering", Putin said.

U.S. intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November. This, he added, was so "the USA government is not going to be able to deal with worldwide issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to".

Putin said he doesn't read Trump's tweets and doesn't tweet himself. Putin said, according to an NBC translator, when asked about the Russian individuals and Russian-owned companies that were indicted last month by special counsel Robert Mueller. "The U.S. imposed sanctions on us".

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