Putin blames US hackers

Lauren Perry
June 5, 2017

"No proposal like that came to me".

"Do you think that from all over the world or from the United States the ambassador reports to me every day who he meets with or what they discuss there?"

When Kelly moved on to talk about Sergey Kislyak's proposals and interactions with people in Trump's orbit, Putin shot back that all the recent reports about the Russian ambassador were "complete nonsense". The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including any discussion about the Flynn investigation.

"Why, did we have some special relationship with him?"

Flynn has become a central figure in investigations by Congress and the FBI into possible ties between Russian Federation, the Trump administration and the Trump campaign.

Though a secret communications line was never established, the report raises questions amidst accusations that President Donald Trump and his team colluded with Russian Federation circulate.

Flynn similarly denied Russian intelligence services had acquired compromising information on Trump, calling the idea a "load of nonsense" and asking "Where would we get this information from?".

"There was no relationship whatsoever".

U.S. intelligence community officials have said they are certain that the hackers were in Russian Federation and that their instructions came from Putin, who sought to undermine Clinton and boost Donald Trump's chances of winning. He called the allegations "domestic political squabbles" and a line of attack against Trump.

"Had there been anything significant he would have reported it to the minister".

When Megyn Kelly asked him about his patriotic hackers' comment, the Russian President said that the hackers could be anywhere, including in Russia, Asia, America, Latin America.

Before taping the interview on Friday, Kelly had moderated a panel at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, to which Putin also contributed.

Putin also denied any contacts with fired national security advisor Michael Flynn. He quotes Trump as saying, "I hope you can let this go".

"When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today [RT], and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side". "I made my speech". The fact that, amidst political rivalry and some other domestic developments, we see things happen here that are typical of other countries, I do not see anything unusual in it.

Mr Flynn was sacked in February after misleading the White House about his ties with Russia's envoy to the US.

United States intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's U.S. presidential election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor. "Hoof prints? Horn prints?"

A widely-posted photo of the event has fuelled speculation about possible links between US President Donald Trump's administration and the Kremlin.

Mr Putin again denied any Russian involvement in the United States presidential election and any knowledge of Russian contacts with the Trump campaign.

The FBI also is probing whether anyone associated with Trump's presidential campaign was involved in the Russian hacking. "Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world", he said, "and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal election processes". "And so, in this regard, even if we wanted to, it wouldn't make sense for us to interfere".

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