Putin: "Patriotic" Hackers May Have Meddled with US Election


"It was true information".

"This useless and harmful chatter needs to stop", the Kremlin strongman said. "That is not proof", Putin said, per NBC News.

The combative comments come just one day after Kelly met with Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the trio took part in a state dinner at Konstantin Palace in Saint Petersburg.

He also dismissed the USA focus on the Russian ambassador's contacts with members of President Trump's team, saying the diplomat was simply doing his job.

At a meeting with USA business leaders earlier Putin urged them to help Moscow establish a dialogue with Trump, as ties remains deadlocked amid probes into possible collusion.

He described the focus on Kislyak's contacts as "catastrophic nonsense".

Earlier, Mr Putin urged US business executives to help improve Russian-US relations, amid continuing Western sanctions. What's an ambassador supposed to do? "He must meet, discuss current affairs, negotiate".

"My answer is no", he said. "We didn't even start negotiations".

"If they aren't planning to attack anyone, then why increase spending?" "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia ... even in America, Latin America". "It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet".

Trump's move drives another wedge between the United States and its traditional European allies, while aligning its stance closer to Russian Federation in boosting fossil fuels while deferring action to curb climate change.

He underlined the importance of the Paris climate accord, but noted that it's a framework agreement offering broad room for maneuver for each signatory nation.

Kushner met with the ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, in early December, and suggested establishing a secure communications line between the Kremlin and Trump officials at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to US officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

He joked that Trump's move made him a convenient person to blame for any spell of bad weather, including wet snow in Moscow on Friday, an extremely rare occurrence in the summer.

"We still believe that it is the only global universal platform with unique rights that is based on the UN Charter, the cornerstone of today's worldwide public law", Putin said suggesting to the UN Secretary General to choose the issues most pressing for him for their talks.

Vladimir Isachenkov reported from Moscow.

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