A day after seemingly conceding “patriotic” Russian hackers may have been involved in US election meddling, Vladimir Putin offered a forceful and fiery rebuttal to the ongoing controversy, comparing the continued allegations of Moscow’s interference to anti-semitism.
At the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin implored executives from major US companies to help Donald Trump. “It’s surprising”, he said, raising a laugh even out of the impassive Indian PM, Narendra Modi, who was seated next to him.And in January, days before Trump took office, the United States intelligence community concluded that Putin had ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at hurting Trump’s rival, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Can you imagine something like that in the midst of a political battle!” CNBC reported that Putin said “this hysteria” about Trump and Russian Federation “never seems to stop” and asked if a “pill” existed to stop the hysteria.
Earlier this week, Putin for the first time allowed that “patriotically minded” Russian hackers could have been responsible for the hack, but then argued that the cyber-attacks could have been contrived to point the finger at Moscow.
“Russia is moving towards ratifying the agreement, and we will continue to move in this direction”, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Khloponin said Friday, according to Tass.
USA 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.
Putin says he’s being framed, that the hacking was actually done by Western intelligence agencies, who made it look like it was done by Russian hackers.
WASHINGTON (AP) – While other world leaders have strongly condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he won’t judge.
He then suggested that hackers from within the United States could also have been responsible, and used Russian Federation as a fall guy. “It’s just hysteria. Should I give you a pill?”
At a meeting with U.S. business leaders earlier Putin urged them to help Moscow establish a dialogue with Trump, as ties remains deadlocked amid probes into possible collusion.
President Trump announced this week that we would withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which sent the Left into another fit of rage, but I’m sure they’ll circle back to this, their favorite issue.
Putin seemed to leave the door open to the United States rejoining the agreement, which Trump has said is a possibility.
The FBI is now investigating possible ties between Trump’s team and Moscow, and alleged Russian meddling in the November election. “Russia is now studying the issue of the USA exit from the Paris agreement, regarding this decision with great regret”, he said, RIA Novosti reported.