Vladimir Putin claims 'patriotic hackers' framed Russian Federation for U.S. election interference

Nick Mcbride
June 4, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin urged U.S. business executives on Friday to help President Trump mend U.S. -Russia relations.

Putin said he would continue to communicate with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying good relations are in the interests of both countries.

United States intelligence agencies have accused Mr Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign to tilt last year's election in favour of Republican Donald Trump, after the billionaire pledged to boost ties with Moscow.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin clashed with Megyn Kelly in St. Petersburg on Friday, once again insisting that his government played no role in influencing last year's presidential election through covert hacking.

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"Can you imagine something like that in the midst of a political battle!"

Putin also said that those who uploaded the documents to WikiLeaks chose to do so when it was convenient for them after taking into consideration political developments.

"I never even knew about these meetings", Putin said in response to questions from NBC anchor Megyn Kelly at an economic forum in St. Petersburg.

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He said the allegations of Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee overshadow the fact that the leaked emails were genuine and revealed unpleasant truths. IP addresses, they can be invented.

Kelly's repeated questions about the investigations into Trump's ties with Russian Federation provoked one of Putin's most fiery performances in years, laced with numerous jokes at the Americans' expense.

President Trump's aides are now being investigated over their alleged contacts with the Russian government.

"It reminds me of antisemitism - the Jews are to blame for everything".

But she added: 'The Russians in my opinion - and based on intelligence and counterintelligence people I have spoken to - could not have known best how to weaponize that information unless they had been guided by a specific group of people.

Controversy over the Democratic National Convention cyberattack previous year as well as the Kremlin's connection to Donald Trump's presidential campaign continue to embroil the White House. "Do we need to give you a tablet?" he said.

Asked about President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, Putin stopped short of condemning Trump.

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