Putin dismissed allegations that Russia meddled in last year’s election as a “fiction” invented by Democrats, saying that the allegations were driven by the “desire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing.”
Putin said of the Democrats:
They want to explain to themselves and prove to others that they had nothing to do with it, their policy was right, they have done everything well, but someone from the outside cheated them. It’s not so. They simply lost, and they must acknowledge it.
He also denied that Russia would engage in U.S. election interference on principle:
Russia has never engaged in that, we don’t need it and it makes no sense to do it. Presidents come and go, but policies don’t change. You know why? Because the power of bureaucracy is very strong.
On the actual source of the alleged DNC e-mail leaks, Putin said:
Maybe someone lying in his bed invented something or maybe someone deliberately inserted a USB with a Russian citizen’s signature or anything else. Maybe someone lying in his bed invented something or maybe someone deliberately inserted a USB with a Russian citizen’s signature or anything else.
Via the Associated Press:
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has dismissed allegations of Russian meddling in last year’s U.S. presidential election as “fiction” invented by Democrats to divert the blame for their defeat.
In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro released Tuesday, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russia’s involvement in the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails that yielded disclosures that proved embarrassing for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
The claims of Russian interference were driven by the “desire of those who lost the U.S. elections to improve their standing,” Putin said in the interview recorded during his Monday visit to France. Read more…