Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected allegations that his country influenced last year's US presidential election, saying such an act "wouldn't make sense" and that he hadn't seen "any direct proof of Russian interference" that would have aided the election of Donald Trump.
And he is dismissing as "a load of nonsense" the idea that Russian Federation has damaging information on President Donald Trump.
Russian President Vladimir Putin proved he takes American media's focus on the probe into alleged Russia meddling in the United States election lightly, joking that Megyn Kelly's communication with the Russian president could land her in jail.
Putin downplayed Flynn's appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honour of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which USA officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet.
"Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?"
"That's complete nonsense. Do you even understand what you're asking or not?" he continued.
French President Emmanuel Macron, standing next to Putin in Paris last week, publicly denounced Russia Today and the state-funded Sputnik news agency as "agents of influence. and of lying propaganda" that had spread "fake news" against him during his campaign for Paris's top post in May. Modern Russia engages in mass domestic surveillance.
Putin, for instance, dismissed Kelly's questions about repression and the killing of journalists in Russian Federation by saying it was another example of American moralizing.
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US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election. "I didn't even really talk to him", Putin said.
In further denying Russia's role in the 2016 election, Putin said he "doesn't care" who the president is.
When Megyn Kelly asked him about his patriotic hackers' comment, the Russian President said that the hackers could be anywhere, including in Russia, Asia, America, Latin America. "There was a time when he used to come to Moscow but, you know, I never met him.Have you all lost your sense over there?"
But Kelly pressed "No meetings between Ambassador Kislyak and anybody from the Trump campaign?"
Putin said he is "deeply convinced" that no interference from outside in "such a vast and great power" as the US could influence the final outcome of the elections. "But I frankly think we need to hear Mr. Comey's side and find out what other questions we need to ask". And I got up and left.
The president said hundreds of American business executives come to Moscow every year and that he rarely sees any of them, including Trump, who was a business magnate before entering politics. "It wouldn't make sense for us to intervene".
Flynn was paid at least $45,000 to give a talk at the gala, and he was photographed sitting next to Putin at a table filled with Russian luminaires. And then afterward I was told, 'You know there was an American gentleman.
An adviser to Trump's campaign and prominent speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention, Flynn was sacked less than four weeks after Trump's inauguration after claims that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russia's ambassador to the United States, during the presidential transition.