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Putin slams as 'hysteria' claims of Russian meddling in US election

Putin slams as hysteria claims of Russian meddling in US election Putin slams as 'hysteria' claims of Russian meddling in US election
Rufina Vignone | 29 Ottobre, 2016, 01:19

"Is there anyone who thinks in full seriousness that Russian Federation is capable of influencing the choice of the American people somehow?" Instead, the Russian strongman suggested the outcome of the American businessman's candidacy will be determined by the Western media, and that the budding Putin-Trump bromance was part of a "political battle, an attempt to manipulate public opinion on the eve of elections". "America is a great power", Putin said.

"We can only welcome candidate Trump's statements to improve relations with Russia", Putin said.

Joe Biden, the current vice president, said that the U.S. is sending a warning to Putin that the attack will occur when the Whitehouse decides and in a scenario that will cause the biggest blow.

Speaking Thursday to global foreign policy experts in Sochi, Putin dismissed "the hysteria about Russia's influence on the USA presidential election".

"This is a case where it is impossible and even harmful, in my opinion, to determine any time limits", Putin said at a forum gathering experts on Russian Federation in Sochi, ahead of his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in December, where the peace treaty issue is set to top the agenda.

Trump said: "If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren't in the White House, just imagine what they'll do", if they return.

Wolf Blitzer asked Congressman Sean Duffy about potential Russian involvement in the election and whether he cares if Russia is trying to influence the election.

"Our personal agreements with the US President did not work", Putin added, accusing forces in Washington of "doing everything for these not to be implemented".

But he also mocked the lack of substance in the 2016 presidential race.

But both the State Department and Secretary of State John Kerry insisted on Thursday that the intelligence they had of Russian cyberattacks on USA election systems was solid.

Putin has dismissed as "improper" the behavior of the USA politicians, who shift all blame for the events in Syria to Russian Federation. Putin said he'd like to have such a propaganda machine in Russian Federation but that "regrettably" that wasn't the case.

Putin said there is choice between "keeping a terrorist nest there or crushing that nest while minimizing civilian casualties".

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