Putin rejected allegations that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the election, despite the conclusion past year by US intelligence agencies that he personally directed a campaign to do so in 2016.
Trump has also hinted that he gives Putin the benefit of the doubt when he denies that Moscow interfered. When asked about the indictments filed against Russian citizens, he replied: "Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship".
Putin said Russian Federation has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections. "To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government", Putin answered, according to the Russian-language interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.
Asked why not, he said: "I have other ways of expressing my point of view or implementing a decision. So what?" Putin said. So what? ... I don't care.
"But the USA refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media", he said, going on to list the possible ethnicities that would make the suspects "not even Russian".
U.S. intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.
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"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"
Putin claimed that the United States interferes in Russian elections "all the time" but that it was "impossible for us" to do the same.
Putin said he does not read Trump's tweets nor does he use the social network himself. "Well, Donald is a more modern person", the Russian leader told the journalist.
Putin is facing little opposition in the presidential election whose first round is on March 18. "It's up to the Russian voters", he said.
"We are not the ones who labeled you our enemies". "Why did you do that?" He was emphatic that he would never extradite the suspects to the United States to face trial.
Putin claimed he would be willing to fix relations with Washington. "I believe that the current president wants to do that, but there are forces that won't let him do it".