Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

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Putin dismisses US claims about Trump, Russia and elections

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

"There is a theory that (President) Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services so if this theory is correct - and it cannot be ruled out - then what could be easier than using all the technical means of this day and age to organise the attacks and point the finger at Russian Federation". Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. "They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skilfully and professionally, shifted the blame, as we say, on to Russian Federation".

In the NBC interview, Putin was asked about reports of Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's attempt to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation.

"I don't know about this proposal. He used to be in the security services". that's it.

Absent questions citing specific examples of Putin's actions against journalists or political rivals, it was easy for the Russian president to talk circles around the subject. I just greeted him and sat down next to him. You create a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turn it into a weapon of war against the current president.

"It is not coincidence that Flynn was placed next to President Putin", Michael McFaul, U.S. ambassador in Moscow from 2012 to 2014 and now an NBC News analyst said in April. Even though there was a time when Trump went to Moscow "I never met with him. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", he said. In an interview to be aired today evening by NBC, Putin minimized his contact with Flynn, who was sacked by US President Donald Trump in February after offering misleading descriptions of conversations he had had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Putin, slouched over in his seat, scoffed at the idea. "They can be in Russia, in Asia. even in America, Latin America", Mr Putin told NBC News, which previewed an interview between the Russian leader and reporter Megyn Kelly that will be broadcast in full on Sunday. Putin said many CEOs of major USA companies visit Russian Federation and then asked rhetorically, "do you think we're gathering dirt on all of them right now or something?" Even his astonished comment that Americans have "lost their senses" for thinking Russian Federation might gather compromising information on American businessmen in his country sounded disingenuous.

Intelligence experts have said Russian intelligence officials have a habit of trying to gather compromising information on influential foreigners when they visit. That's why, in the grand scheme of things, we don't care who's the head of the United States.

Putin, for instance, dismissed Kelly's questions about repression and the killing of journalists in Russian Federation by saying it was another example of American moralizing.

While acknowledging no "smoking gun at this point", Warner said he wants "to know what kind of pressure, appropriate, inappropriate, how many conversations he had with the president about this topic". At one point Putin openly mocked Kelly's line of questioning, saying "you people are so creative over there". "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".

The Russian president also accused the USA of "actively interfering in electoral campaigns of other countries". When Kelly said that sounded like a justification, Putin said the whole thing was irrelevant anyway.

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