Vladimir Putin ridicules claims of Russian meddling in U.S. presidential vote


President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the allegations of Russian meddling in USA elections, accusing the Democrats of trying to shift blame for their defeat and likening the accusations against Russia to anti-Semitism.

"Our economic cooperation with the USA is balanced, diversified and technologically rich".

U.S. intelligence has accused Putin of ordering a hacking and influence campaign to tilt last year's election in Trump's favour, after the billionaire pledged to boost ties with Moscow.

Responding a question if Russian Federation will use its influence to get Pakistan to stop alleged attacks in IoK, he said, "We will always support Indian in its fight against terrorism". Putin said that Russian Federation struck no agreements at meetings with representatives of the incoming Trump team and that Americans "should take a pill" to calm the "hysteria" over the issue. "Modern technologies allow that to be done quite easily".

Putin, whose own spokesman said this week that Russian Federation attached great importance to the Paris accord, said he thought there was still time to work out a new deal. Putin said to a moderator who asked him about the matter. "The hackers are the same".

At the St. Petersburg Economic Forum on Thursday, in response to reporters, Putin compared hackers with artists.

Speaking to CNN, Derek Chollet, senior adviser to the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., suggested that Putin's comments were created to "obfuscate and blur" reality.

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"No hackers can have a radical impact on an election campaign in another country", adding that "no information can be imprinted in voters' minds, in the minds of a nation, and influence the final outcome and the final result".

The nuclear power plant deal between the two countries was supposed to be signed by 2016 but a line of credit that was extended by India to Russian Federation obstructed the process.

Modi said he was asked a similar question in Germany earlier this week, before the USA decision was made public. "Nothing more. If there is something specific, concrete, we could discuss that".

The Kremlin strongman launched a blistering attack on accusations he said were baseless that Moscow was behind a hacking and influence campaign aimed at getting Donald Trump elected. "If you look at all missed opportunities and lost profits, to analyze, then you'll reach a conclusion that this is very damaging for everyone", Putin said.

The Russian president praised Trump as "a straightforward person, a frank person" and noted that while some see Trump's lack of political background as a disadvantage, he sees it as beneficial because "he has a fresh set of eyes".

When his comments were sought on the U.S. decision to withdraw from the climate deal, where President Donald Trump alleged that the agreement gave better deal to the world's highly polluting countries like India, Prime Minister Modi said, "Don't think I will take sides on this subject, but would rather take side of our future generation".