Putin on Russian Meddling: 'I Couldn't Care Less'

Mar 11, 2018, 01:20
Putin on Russian Meddling: 'I Couldn't Care Less'

According to investigative reporters Michael Isikoff's and David Corn's new book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump", the White House director of cybersecurity, Michael Daniel, was particularly concerned when he learned in June that Russian actors had infiltrated critical election infrastructure in several USA states. "They don't even deny it", Putin said.

Putin said Russia has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections and repeatedly complained Washington has brushed off Russian initiatives to work together on cyber-security. "There are 146 million Russians, so what?"

"I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government", he said, according to the interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.

"I could not care less".

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Asked if he thinks that the U.S. is regularly meddling in Russian affairs, Putin answered: "always".

In an interview with American television NBC , Putin asked on what basis the Kremlin was accused on being behind a covert operation to influence election results. "And we'll take a look at it". Putin seemed unperturbed by Kelly's suggestion that he was unaware of the hacking.

"We in Russia can not prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law", he said.

"But the USA refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media", he said, going on to list the possible ethnicities that would make the suspects "not even Russian".

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The book will go into detail on Russian interference in the election process and will go on sale on March 13, 2018. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago.

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" We don't see what goal we can reach by doing something like that.

USA government intelligence agencies are in unanimous agreement that Russian Federation interfered in America's election.

"With all due respect for you personally, with all due respect for Congress, you must have people with legal degrees, 100% you do", Putin said smiling.

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There are fears Russian hackers are planning to attack Britain's infrastructure and Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster says the United Kingdom would respond in kind. Putin asked NBC interviewer Megyn Kelly.

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