Russian Federation signs deal to expand India's Kudankulam nuclear plant

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At the CEO forum that immediately followed the Summit discussions, Putin said over the past seven decades, first the Soviet Union and then Russian Federation built steel works, power stations, chemicals plants, gas pipelines, agribusiness facilities, and transport infrastructure in India.

Facing questions from NBC's Megyn Kelly, who moderated a panel discussion at St. Petersburg's economic forum, Putin said the claims of Russian interference in the USA election contained "nothing concrete, only assumptions".

"But he quickly distanced himself from suggestions that the Russian state was involved in election hacking".

On Thursday, Putin came closer than he ever has to admitting the Kremlin's role in meddling in Trump's election.

Russian Federation also reaffirmed its "strong support" to India's candidature for a permanent seat in the reformed UN Security Council and a membership in the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) and other non-proliferation regimes. He expressed these views during his meeting with Russian President Vladmir Putin at the Konstantin Palace in St. Petersberg.

In an interview in his office Thursday with The Associated Press, Guillaume Poupard said the Macron campaign hack "was so generic and simple that it could have been practically anyone".

"They'll wake up today, read what is happening in interstate relations, and if they are patriotically inclined, they will start to do their bit, as they consider correct in the fight with those who speak badly of Russian Federation".

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Relations between Russian Federation and the USA have been in sharp decline since 2014, when Western powers reacted to Moscow's annexation of Crimea by slapping sanctions on the country.

Asked if Russian hackers could try to shape the outcome of German parliamentary elections later this year, Putin said: "We never engaged in that on a state level, and have no intention of doing so". "No hackers can influence election campaigns in any country of Europe, Asia or America".

A declassified report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released in January said USA intelligence had concluded the campaign was ordered directly by Putin and was meant to tip the election in favor of Trump by harming Clinton.

Russia's relations with the West have been at post-Cold War lows over the Ukrainian crisis.

Addressing CEOs of the two countries after the annual bilateral summit, Modi said India had last month approved a policy to allow local private companies to work with foreign players to manufacture defence equipment in a bid to cut reliance on imports.

"As far as our global cooperation goes, one thing I would like to point out, in one week, India is becoming a full-fledged member of the SCO", said Putin. "We are thinking about ways to neutralize possible threats at long distance".

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