Putin on Russian Meddling: 'I Couldn't Care Less'

Putin on Russian Meddling: 'I Couldn't Care Less'

Putin has repeatedly denied Russian election meddling in the 2016 election, which is the subject of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, along with any connections to Trump associates.

When Putin was asked whether he was concerned that Russian citizens were undermining democracy in the USA, he suggested his hands were tied.

"The US.refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media", Putin said, going on to list the possible ethnicity that would make the suspects "not even Russian". So what. I don't care. The president has called the investigation a "witch hunt", although aides have clarified he means the probe of any collusion has no merit.

Beyond representing the interests of the Russian state, Putin also questioned to what degree the indicted people were "citizens". "We don't have a goal like that", Putin said in an interview to the American NBC.

Last week, Putin told Washington to send him hard evidence that his citizens meddled in U.S. elections, mocking accusations to date as "yelling and hollering in the United States Congress".

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he said.

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card, maybe the US paid them for this". Give us a document.

Former President Barack Obama's cyber response team reportedly wanted to strike back hard at Russian Federation when they first learned of its election meddling in the summer of 2016.

Putin smirked, looked away, then back at Kelly while holding in a laugh. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago. During the interview, Putin also said that his USA counterpart has "leadership qualities" as "he takes responsibility when he makes decisions". "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

"I have the impression that this is what the current (U.S.) president wants, but he is prevented from doing it by some forces", the Russian president said.

There are fears Russian hackers are planning to attack Britain's infrastructure and Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster says the United Kingdom would respond in kind.

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