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Putin 'couldn't care less' about US election interference

Putin 'couldn't care less' about US election interference

And despite several US federal agencies pinning the 2016 election hacking on the Russian government, Trump has repeatedly defended Putin's proclamations of innocence and lavished the Russian president with praise.

During his interview with NBC, the president inquired "why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?"

Russian President Vladimir Putin told an American journalist that he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens interfered in the 2016 United States presidential election.

"So what if they're Russians?"

Putin just used Megan Kelly, nine days before his re-election (he can not lose) to tell his own people Tatars and Jews living in Russia with Russian citizenship are not Russians. "There are 146 million Russians, so what?"

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Pressed by Kelly, Putin finally acknowledged that even if Russian individuals interfered, he doesn't care, because they may not have Russian heritage, and according to him, did not represent the interests of the government. Putin asked in the often-combative interview with NBC television.

"Give us an official request", he added. He was emphatic that he would never extradite the suspects to the United States to face trial.

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?"

Trump has also hinted that he gives Putin the benefit of the doubt when he denies that Moscow interfered.

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"Maybe the Jews meddled in the US elections".

"I have other ways of expressing my point of view or implementing a decision", the Kremlin leader said. "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

Putin said Russian Federation has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections. Throughout the interview, Putin continued to dismiss the claims that the meddling had come at the orders of the Russian government.

Putin suggested in the interview that the reason Trump has seemed deferential to him is he knew upon taking office that he needed to develop a "cooperative relationship" with Russian Federation and thus he needed to treat his counterpart with respect.

Putin said he does not read Trump's tweets nor does he use the social network himself.

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