Trump says Clinton too tough on Putin

Russia may run out of patience and respond to USA's rudeness

Vladimir Putin thinks it's ridiculous to think Russian Federation could undermine an election in the United States, but praised Donald Trump's campaign for capturing the beliefs of a "significant" portion of voters.

Regarding Trump himself, who Putin once called "colorful", the Russian leader now says he's "extravagant" and "he simply represents the interests of simple people who criticize those who have been in power for decades".

"Does anyone really think that anyone can influence a U.S. election?" he asked. Putin said. "Is America some kind of banana republic?"

"The United States has plenty of genuinely urgent problems, it would seem, from the colossal public debt to the increase in firearms violence and cases of arbitrary action by the police", Putin said.

During his speech, Putin went on to lash out at the Obama administration for not keeping its word on Syria and for falsely accusing Moscow of various transgressions, according to Reuters.

He said Russian Federation would not be able to influence USA elections even in if tried to do so.

In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest dismissed Putin's remarks as predictable and said the United States stood by its hacking allegations.

"This idea was planted into the USA public consciousness... with only one goal... to protect the interests of the Democratic candidate in her competition with the candidate of the Republicans, in this case - with Mr. Trump", the Russian president stressed.

Putin, who has described Trump as "very talented", said on Thursday the NY businessman "behaves extravagantly" to "get through to voters' hearts".

Trump "behaves extravagantly of course, we see this, but I think there's a reason for this".

US - Russia relations have also been frosty after the conflict in Ukraine and its backing of the Assad regime in Syria.

President Vladimir Putin has again dismissed allegations that Russian Federation has been meddling in the US presidential election, saying those claims were just an effort to distract the attention of the USA electorate from real issues.

Putin's shadow has loomed large over the 2016 presidential race.

But he did warn Russian Federation was losing patience.

After a series of leaks of hacked emails belonging to senior member of the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's campaign, this week it was the turn for the disclosure of correspondence belonging to a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Cyberattacks against sovereign nations are unacceptable", he said.

The stance is not unpopular among his supporters, and Trump said last week he'd be willing to meet with Putin before his inauguration if he actually wins the election.

But both the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Thursday that the intelligence they had of Russian cyberattacks on U.S. election systems was solid.

"Indeed, this is a profitable activity, as one can obtain new military budgets and bend allies for the interests of the only superpower, one can also expand North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and take the infrastructure of the alliance, its troops and hardware, closer to our borders", Putin said.

Civilian and military intelligence institutions in the USA believe that the Russians were behind the recent infiltration of information systems in the country.



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