Vladimir Putin likens US election allegations to anti-Semitism

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

After fielding several questions about Russian involvement in USA elections, Putin fired back and accused the US of conducting active meddling in Russia's domestic politics. "They don't want to say that they were not wise enough", he said.

During the panel talk on Friday, the Russian leader again denied that Russia encroached on the 2016 presidential election, telling Kelly that even her "underage daughter" could have been behind the hacking.

Belousov said Russian Federation was analysing the US move, but said Russia's own plans did not depend on the decision of others, including the United States. Being the scapegoat in the hacking saga is "like anti-Semitism and blaming the Jews", he said.

President Trump's campaign aides are now being investigated over possible collusion with the Russian government.

Speaking at the SPIEF in St Petersburg in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Modi said it is in India's ethos to respect nature and desist from overexploiting it. "That's how we can fight terrorism", he said. "Trump's team was more effective in the electoral campaign", Putin said.

"It's his job, he gets paid for this", Putin said about Kislyak's meetings with Trump's team. "Trump's team was more effective in the electoral campaign", Putin told the event's moderator, the U.S. television presenter Megyn Kelly.

Putin also said that allegations there had been a secret deal between Moscow and Trump before his inauguration as US president were "hysteria".

Vladimir Putin is never at a loss for an analogy, right?

"What else the ambassador is supposed to do?" "He should hold meetings, discussing current affairs".

While Trump has claimed that evidence of global warming is partly an elaborate hoax, Putin agrees with the overwhelming consensus of scientists that climate change is being driven by man-made carbon emissions.

He joked that Trump's move made him a convenient person to blame for any spell of bad weather, including wet snow in Moscow on Friday, an extremely rare occurrence in the summer. After multiple claims from Western officials that Russian Federation has interfered in national elections, Putin conceded that some "patriotic" people may have been pushed to "fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation".

"If such a major emitter as the U.S. is not going to co-operate entirely then it won't be possible to agree any deal in this area".

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