Putin on United States election interference: 'I couldn't care less'

Putin: Jews, Ukrainians 'with Russian citizenship' could be behind US election meddling

Putin: Jews, Ukrainians 'with Russian citizenship' could be behind US election meddling

Putin said Moscow could not prosecute anyone for the alleged meddling because no evidence has been presented showing that Russian law has been violated.

He rejected suggestions that he could not quit power because it would put him in danger, saying he heard "a lot of ravings on this subject". "I would like to cooperate with these people and I am ready for this".

The Mueller charges, announced February 16, alleged that the Russians created fake social media postings, posed online as American political activists and fraudulently purchased advertisements - all seeking to meddle in the presidential race.

"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said. "Anyone can be pardoned if he deserves it.".

The Russian president, who never called Navalny by his name in public, referred to the 41-year-old opposition politician as "certain political forces".

They planned to target Russian media with traffic to overload and shut down their websites, as well as launch counterattacks on websites created with the goal of spreading hacked material.

"But it's not enough for the country's positive development". Even that needs to be checked.

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Kelly questioned Putin about the people recently indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for their interference with the election, specifically the 13 Russians who Mueller and his investigators say helped spark political dissent in the US and contributed to Donald Trump's election.

"This has to go through official channels, not through the press or yelling and hollering in the United States Congress", Putin said.

In a June 2017 interview with the network, Putin had compared accusations that Russian Federation interfered in the election to anti-Semitism.

He has also been linked to a hugely secretive private military company, dubbed Wagner, whose mercenaries fight in Syria and were involved in a direct clash with U.S. troops there in early February.

"If you can get them then you can affect us. That's his personal initiative", Putin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News he "couldn't care less" if citizens of his country meddled in the 2016 USA elections because they were not linked to the Kremlin. So what. I don't care.

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.

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