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A frustrated Vladimir Putin dismissed allegations that Russian Federation tried to influence last year's presidential election as "hysteria" and compared the attention to the issue in the U.S.to anti-Semitism while speaking on a panel discussion moderated by NBC's Megyn Kelly Friday. "It is harmful, it damages global relations and the world economy and security issues and the fight with terrorism".

He added that while watching the USA campaign unfold, he would sometimes think that Mr. Trump was going "over the top".

"But it turned out that he was right", Putin said.

"The other (Clinton) team miscalculated". There are now no utility-scale wind turbines or solar farms in Russian Federation, which - like the USA - continues to gets most of its electricity from burning fossil fuels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin did not criticize President Trump for exiting the Paris Climate Accord but did take a mocking jab at environmentalists who have panicked over the move.

He described the focus on Kislyak's contacts as "catastrophic nonsense".

Putin and other top Russian officials have routinely dismissed as Russophobia all US claims about Moscow's involvement in the election, and blame the furor over Russian interference for what both sides characterize as the low point in their post-Soviet relations.

"What else is the ambassador supposed to do?" Putin said. "He's paid for holding meetings, discussing current affairs".

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"My answer is no", he said. "We didn't even start negotiations".

"Does squabbling over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation help Russian Federation?" he said. We ought to understand what is happening and where it will lead us.

For Putin, leader of the world's biggest crude oil producer and fifth-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, there was plenty to cheer in Trump's rejection of the agreement painstakingly negotiated by the Obama administration and signed by 195 countries.

"By the way, did you, yourself, read through these Paris accords?"

Trump announced on Thursday that the USA would withdraw from the Paris accord, joining Nicaragua and Syria as the only countries not committed to the pact. Kelly sits down for a one-on-one interview with the Russian leader later Friday.

Mr Putin said Moscow had offered the USA and its allies the chance to inspect the Syrian base for traces of the chemical agent and criticised them for refusing to do so.

Vladimir Isachenkov reported from Moscow.

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