Vladimir Putin says U.S. was in hysteria over alleged Russian election ploy

Putin said. "Is America some kind of banana republic? America is a great power", he added. Correct me, please, if I'm wrong.

President Vladimir Putin slammed as "hysteria" Thursday claims that Russian Federation has tried to interfere in the upcoming U.S. presidential elections by hacking USA political institutions including the Democrats behind front runner Hillary Clinton.

"Among the mythical, invented problems and concerns is hysteria - I can not call it otherwise - unfolding in the USA concerning the current presidential election", Putin said. "It's much simpler to distract people with so-called Russian hackers, spies and agents of influence [than to offer policies around national debt and gun control]".

The U.S. intelligence community has accused Russian Federation of being behind the theft and public release - via Wikileaks - of thousands of emails linked to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

However, the Russian president lauded Trump and his campaign.

But he also mocked the lack of substance in the 2016 presidential race.

During the most recent presidential debate last week, Clinton said that Trump would be a "puppet" of Putin if elected.

If you look at the programmes of the different candidates, you get the feeling that they are all tailored in the same way, and that the differences between them are insignificant, and in reality there are no differences.

Still, the Russian leader added that while Trump may sound "extravagant", he was trying to reach out to people who are exhausted of elites.

He said he welcomed any candidate calling for improved relations with Russian Federation, but cautioned that no-one can tell what a successful candidate will actually do once in power. He is representing the interests of ordinary people.

President Vladimir Putin yesterday dismissed claims that Russian Federation is interfering in the United States presidential election, saying the allegations are created to distract the public from real issues.

"We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities", the office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security wrote in a public statement.

Those countries, he said, abandoned dialogue with other players and tried to bring the entire world under their sway. On the United States media switching from portraying Trump as Russia's enemy to Kremlin's favorite: This is complete and utter rubbish... a way of manipulating the public consciousness ahead of the U.S. presidential election Simply watching airstrikes in the heart of Europe (in Yugoslavia) at the end of the 20th century, I don't know about you, but for me - it felt like savagery.

He criticized the US and its allies over NATO's expansion and for military campaigns in Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, and accused them of arming and training "terrorist groups in the hope of using them to achieve their own political aims".

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