Putin: Jews, Ukrainians 'with Russian citizenship' could be behind USA election meddling

Casey Dawson
March 11, 2018

According to investigative reporters Michael Isikoff's and David Corn's new book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump", the White House director of cybersecurity, Michael Daniel, was particularly concerned when he learned in June that Russian actors had infiltrated critical election infrastructure in several USA states.

"Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked", Putin said.

Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law.

In 2016, Vladimir Putin ordered nuclear war drill involving 40 million Russians and 200,000 specialist rescue units. "I don't care. I couldn't care less". "I couldn't care less".

"We in Russia can not prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law", he said. Kelly asked in the interviewed that aired Friday night.

Advisors debated the pros and cons of hitting back at Russia whether to go public with what they knew and how to get Russian meddling to stop
Advisors debated the pros and cons of hitting back at Russia whether to go public with what they knew and how to get Russian meddling to stop

In the interview, Putin went on to say that Russian Federation had neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections. Throughout the interview, Putin continued to dismiss the claims that the meddling had come at the orders of the Russian government. "Give us materials, give us information", Putin said in another excerpt from the interview with NBC, according to an English voice-over of his words. "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering". This, he added, was so "the USA government is not going to be able to deal with global issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to". But he also did not deny Russian interference.

In a two-hour video documentary released in his native Russia, Putin said that he would give the order to launch if Russia was threatened with nuclear missiles.

"He understands that if it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship with someone, then you have to treat your current or potential partner with respect", Putin said.

Putin told Kelly that he does not read Trump's tweets and avoids Twitter himself. "The U.S. imposed sanctions on us". "Well, Donald is a more modern person", the Russian leader told the journalist.

Asked by USA television network NBC whether he would follow in the footsteps of China's Xi Jinping, who is eyeing a limitless tenure, Putin insisted he had no such intentions.

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