Putin even deftly denied any hacking efforts related to the US presidential election in 2016.
USA needs to stop interfering in other countries' internal affairs and to change its own electoral legislation, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with us journalist Megyn Kelly, which the NBC aired on Sunday.
'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.
"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.Putin repeatedly rejected claims that Russian hackers had acted to help Trump win the election ― an assertion that has been substantiated by multiple U.S. intelligence agencies.
He accused the USA media of sensationalizing information and using it as a "weapon of war" against Trump.
"I asked him all about Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, and what connections they have had and what they have discussed, and I asked him specifically about somebody else very much in the news, and that is President Trump's now fired national security adviser, General Michael Flynn", Kelly said on NBC, previewing her exclusive interview with the Russian president.
"Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?"
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he barely interacted with Michael Flynn, who was sacked this year as White House national security adviser, at a dinner in Moscow in 2015. There was a time when he came to Russian Federation ... but I never met him.
Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, was sacked by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term.
The dinner Putin referred to was a gala for the Russian state news agency, RT. The public hearing is expected to shed light on his private conversations with Mr Trump in the weeks before his dismissal, including any discussion about the Flynn investigation. There's nothing to even talk about.
"I didn't even really talk to him", Putin told Kelly. But Putin painted the entire Russian hacking story as the invention of people who hate President Trump and have seen too many spy movies. "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia. even in America, Latin America", Mr. Putin said.
Putin told NBC interviewer Megyn Kelly that the dinner where the two met was routine. To support his assertion, he even mentioned "a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services". "What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about?" he asked. "You created a sensation out of nothing", Putin said, according to the Business Insider report.
"Right now I think we have representatives from a hundred different American companies that have come to Russian Federation". "I was one of the guests there", he told the newspaper.
Putin also told NBC that regardless of Trump's previous travel to Russian Federation as a businessman, he had had no relationship with him and had never met him.