Putin says allegations of Russian interference in USA election are 'lies'

Cheryl Sanders
April 3, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on after a meeting with President of Iceland Gudni Johannesson as part of the International Arctic Forum in Arkhangelsk, Russia March 30, 2017.

Putin's remarks come amid ongoing US investigations of involvement by the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election and charges of collusion between Donald Trump and Russian officials.

While Trump has declined to lash out against Russian Federation or Putin, Haley said the president supports her tough on Russian Federation approach.

"We are waiting for the situation to normalize and become more stable", Putin said Thursday.

Kremlin spokesman Peskov said allegations of Russian Federation trying to interfere in the 2016 US election are "fake news" and "slander". "We are waiting. We - Russian side is ready to be as active as American side is ready", Peskov said.

Also at issue is whether Manafort needed to register as a foreign agent on behalf of Ukraine or Russian Federation and failed to do so, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sprawling inquiries are secret and ongoing.

Putin spokesperson says President Trump and Putin should "meet each other and exchange views" to build a relationship on #ThisWeek.

"I would be astounded", McCain said in response.

"Every time we turn around another shoe drops from this centipede, and we need to examine all of the aspects of it", McCain said. Trump said Sunday the "real story" is "surveillance and leaking". "But this is why we need a select committee" to investigate possible connections between Trump associates and Russian Federation, instead of the separate investigations that are now occurring in both the House and Senate, and by the FBI.

Unlike Trump, Haley said there's no doubt Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race. "And I think when they finish with all of this process, yes, they need to address Russian Federation, they need to act and they need to make sure they're loud about it".

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