I don't care, says Putin on alleged USA election interference

I don't care, says Putin on alleged USA election interference

I don't care, says Putin on alleged USA election interference

In an exclusive and at-times combative interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly, Putin again denied the charge by USA intelligence services that he ordered meddling in the November 2016 vote that put Donald Trump in the White House.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018.

Putin, who faces re-election this year, again denied charges by USA intelligence agencies that he ordered the interference.

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

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card, maybe the USA paid them for this".

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.

Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law. "At least send us a piece of paper. I do not know, either", the Russian leader said.

The Russian president, who is running for another six-year term in office at the March 18 election which could ensure his presence at the seat of the country's power until 2024, professed ignorance over the Russian nationals' motives. "And we'll take a look at it".

US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

"It's not our goal to interfere", Putin added. The Russian president described his American counterpart as "a businessman with very extensive experience" and a "modern" man, in reference to his tweeting habit.

Trump himself has repeatedly refused to condemn Russian Federation over the alleged meddling, and has said he admires Putin as a strong leader. "The U.S. imposed sanctions on us".

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