Putin suggests US hackers could have interfered with election, blamed Russia

Nick Mcbride
June 3, 2017

In a sign of exasperation, Putin compared what he described as the obsessive US focus on alleged Russian interference with the vote to anti-Semitism.

"This useless and harmful chatter needs to stop", the Kremlin strongman told Russia's annual showcase economic forum in Saint Petersburg.

With particular scorn, Putin scoffed at the US focus on the Russian ambassador's contacts with members of Mr. Trump's team, saying that the envoy was merely doing his job.

Putin also said Trump's promise to negotiate new conditions for US inclusion in the accord offers hope a compromise can be reached before it takes effect in 2021. He said her supporters were now trying to blame Russian Federation for their failure."But the problem is not with us, the problem is inside American politics", said Putin. He added that he has a good relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite her criticism of Moscow during a joint press conference early May.

Despite the conclusion from the US intelligence community that hacking of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign was directed by Russia, Putin maintains his country was not involved.

Notably, Putin has never denied the election was hacked-he's just offered up two inane theories on back-to-back days that curiously happen to track Trump's explanation, although one of those explanations does implicate a Russian. And as the former head of the KGB, we have to take him at his word.

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"I don't think we should push figures here in our military cooperation because it has an unprecedented level in its volume and quality. Help us to restore a normal political dialogue", Putin said in a speech to senior USA business representatives during an economic forum in St. Petersburg.

US President Donald Trump said the probe "hurts our country" and has branded the investigation the "single greatest witch hunt" in political history.

Politicians, climate change alarmists and world leaders have been up in arms since Trump's announcement Thursday that the USA would exit the 2015 agreement entered into by former President Obama. Putin said Russian economy entered a new phase of expansion, pointing on the thirds successive quarter of growth. "You will feel better, and we will feel better".

President Putin further noted in his remarks that Russian intelligence had information that a "similar scenario" was to be played out elsewhere in the Arab country, including near the capital Damascus.

Noting that the decision on the Paris climate deal had been taken by another U.S. president, Barack Obama, Putin said that the new administration would probably just rework the agreements, or come up with a new climate deal. Refusing to be drawn into a debate on whether he supported or was opposed to President Donald Trump's action, Modi said he will take the side of the future generations and held the view that mankind can not exploit nature.

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