Putin: 'It wouldn't make sense for us to interfere' in United States election

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'I'm arguing for the United States and I found myself with people wondering what's going on with the US and I would tell them, you know, of course I'm standing up for the US But it's hard when they don't have any respect for the current leadership'. "Have you all lost your sense over there?"

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's USA presidential election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

Kelly confronted Putin with questions about his country's alleged involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election and the allegations that Russian Federation has compromising information on President Donald Trump. Trump has denied any collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign and has questioned the veracity of the US intelligence finding. "And we can only get that by talking to those directly involved".

"We didn't have any relationship at all", he said. "We didn't have any relationship at all".

President Putin said "no proposal like that came to me" involving Mr. Kushner and that it would have been reported to him if there had been "anything significant".

Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticised NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration.

"If it had been important, the minister would have reported it to me". "There weren't even any reports".

PUTIN: I didn't even really talk to him.
I just greeted him and sat down next to him. "And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president", he said, referring to Trump.

He then suggested that perhaps American hackers are to blame and found a way to divert the blame onto Russian Federation, pointing to a conspiracy theory about President John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963 to support his own idea. Then we talked about some other stuff.

"Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world, and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes", he said.

USA intelligence officials have said Russian Federation tried to interfere in the U.S. election by hacking the Democratic Party, in order to help Donald Trump - a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn", Putin said. He told Kelly he barely spoke to Flynn and was only told later who Flynn was. Trump's known to change his mind on major issues.

On Sunday, Lawmakers from both parties urged Trump not to stand in the way of Comey's testimony.

"This will be the first time that he'll be taking questions from an American journalist since the special council was appointed in the United States to look into allegations of Russian interference in our election", Kelly said of her interview. In May, Flynn said he will plead the fifth and ignore a congressional subpoena from the Senate intelligence committee. She also highlighted a number of cyberhacking tools that United States intelligence said had been used by Russian operatives.

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein are also expected to give evidence.

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