Fired FBI director James Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

Nick Mcbride
June 3, 2017

"I had an opportunity to visit (the cemetery) and pay homage to those who laid down their lives for Russian Federation", 66- year-old Modi said.

"Structural changes are necessary but to put them into action is not easy", Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said.

The Russian leader said he will wait out US political battles to forge a constructive relationship with President Trump.

Putin told reporters the investigations are a product of "Russo-phobic hysteria" that makes it "somewhat inconvenient to work with one another or even to talk".

He said Russian Federation had been encouraged by Trump's campaign promises to improve Russia-U.S. ties and emphasized that Moscow still hopes to forge a constructive dialogue. He added that Moscow still hopes to forge a constructive dialogue with Trump.

"This will end, sooner or later... we are patient, we know how to wait and we will wait."

Russian President Vladimir Putin today made a big shift from his blanket position of denial on accusations of his country's involvement in the spectacular cyberattack during the U.S. presidential elections.

Putin also said that Trump's promise to negotiate new conditions for the USA leaves hope for reaching a compromise before the Paris deal is set to take effect in 2021.

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Putin laid out a blanket statement claiming the Russian government has never been a part of any hacking efforts, saying "we never engage in that at the state level".

Putin attributed the accusations of Russian interference to the Democrats' anger over losing the vote, adding that Trump won because he has been more successful in his campaign.

The Russian President further said that just because Russia has a "special relationship" with India, it means India should be restricted in having contacts with other "partnering countries".

He also said that he was personally convinced hackers were unable to materially change the outcome of an election, in America, Europe or anywhere else.

Putin categorically denied that the Russian state would ever be involved in hacking, but the comments were nonetheless a shift from his previous flat rejections of allegations the attacks were linked to Russia.

Raising the possibility of attacks by what he portrayed as free-spirited Russian patriots, Mr. Putin said that hackers "are like artists" who choose their targets depending how they feel "when they wake up in the morning."

"If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation".

The Russian president argued that the recent worsening of relations between the West and Russia might have prompted some "patriotically-minded" Russian hackers to act on their own.

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