'I DO NOT CARE': Vladimir Putin responds to alleged USA election interference

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he "couldn't care less" if individuals in Russia interfered in the USA elections, saying whoever it was - if it happened - doesn't represent the interest of the "Russian state". Putin told NBC. "There are 146 million Russians". "I couldn't care less because they do not represent the government".

"They do not represent the interests of the Russian state".

Mueller issued a 37-page indictment against the Russians but Putin indicated he has seen no evidence thus far that the alleged meddling broke any United States law. "At least send us a piece of paper". Putin, Russia's longest-serving leader since Stalin, dismissed this.

The Russian leader also rejected those assessments.

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The indictment alleges that starting in 2014, the Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency tried to disrupt the USA political process and sow discord through stealing US identities and falsely claiming to be USA activists.

A former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation has since said: "I feel like we sort of choked".

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.

"It's not our goal to interfere".

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On Friday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Hardball", NBC anchor Megyn Kelly previewed her forthcoming NBC special "Confronting Putin" and stated that she thinks "there's a very good chance Putin knows some things about Donald Trump that Mr. Trump does not want repeated publicly". Putin said. "It's not our goal to interfere".

Putin suggested in the interview that the reason Trump has seemed deferential to him is he knew upon taking office that he needed to develop a "cooperative relationship" with Russian Federation and thus he needed to treat his counterpart with respect. "Donald is a more modern individual".

"Well, we will see".

"We are not the ones who labeled you our enemies. The U.S. imposed sanctions on us". "We'll counteract whatever they do, we'll counteract it very strongly", Trump said.

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Putin claimed he would be willing to fix relations with Washington. "I know such a man but I don't count him among my friends".