[Russia]–President Vladimir Putin has denied the allegations that Moscow meddled in last year’s presidential elections in the United States.
“Read my lips, no,” Putin said during a panel moderated by CNBC on Thursday.
“All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies,” Putin said. “All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside.
During the CNBC panel Putin maintained that though the role of an ambassador is to communicate with people, “there are restrictions” when it comes to the United States.
“Any meeting he has is seen negatively, like some kind of a spy operation,” Putin said. “Isn’t it nonsense? What’s the ambassador here for? To communicate with people, to maintain contacts with the political elite, with businessmen, with members of the Congress and the Senate, with government and administration members. Why did he come there? “These are commonly accepted diplomatic practices.”
Putin said he hoped “one day, the sooner, the better,” the situation would normalize.
This official denial comes after FBI Director James B. Comey confirmed this month that they were investigating Russia’s involvement in the election that made US leader, President Donald Trump emerge.
As we earlier reported, members of Trump’s camp, including his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, met with Russian ambassadors during the course of the elections.
“It is not in the interests of the American people to get Russia-U.S. ties to an absurd point for the sake of a domestic political calendar,” Putin said. “What do we want? To wrap up our ties altogether; they are at a zero point anyway.
“Do we want to sever diplomatic ties? To get to the situation of the 1960s, to the [Cuban] missile crisis?” he said. “And then what? We know — and polls show it — that there are many friends of Russia in the U.S. And I would like to tell them first of all that we see the U.S. as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations.”
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