Putin plays down ties with President Trump's ex-adviser Flynn


He said there may have been non-Russian hackers from anywhere that simply blamed Russia.

PMr utin also said he had no idea if the Russian ambassador to Washington had held contacts with the Trump campaign before the November election. In an interview with NBC's Megyn Kelly, Putin said he "didn't even really talk" to Flynn despite being photographed sitting next to each other.

A member of the Senate intelligence committee says "we've seen no smoking gun at this point" regarding collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 USA presidential election. "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia. even in America, Latin America", Mr. Putin said.

"This will be the first time that he'll be taking questions from an American journalist since the special council was appointed in the United States to look into allegations of Russian interference in our election", Kelly said of her interview. "I made a speech, then we talked about something else, then I got up and left". It has reportedly expanded to include the President's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who serves as a senior adviser to Trump, as well as his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. "He used to be in the security services".

U.S. intelligence officials have said Russian Federation tried to interfere in the USA election by hacking the Democratic Party, in order to help Donald Trump - a charge the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Putin, in an exclusive interview with Kelly, insisted the hackers could have come from "anywhere" and then they could have - in a savvy and professional way - shifted the blame to make it look like Russian Federation was behind the hacking. He'll probably be asked about conversations with Trump about Russian election meddling and the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Kelly, who was a prime-time star on Fox News Channel, moved to NBC at the start of this year.

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When Putin denied knowledge of Kislyak's meetings, Kelly pointed out that he was Kislyak's boss. And then afterward I was told, 'You know, there was an American gentleman. "You created a sensation out of nothing".

He also alleged that the USA actively interferes with electoral campaigns of other countries.

United States President Donald Trump's announcement on Thursday that he is withdrawing the USA from the landmark global Paris Climate Agreement failed to fluster Vladimir Putin. Warner said he meant to use that time to ask Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers about reports that Trump had urged them to say publicly there was no collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign.

The alleged dossier claims that Russia's government possesses compromising financial and personal information about Trump.

"I never met with him", he said.