Putin on Trump's withdrawal from Paris Accord: 'Don't worry, be happy'

Claudine Rigal
Juin 3, 2017

A frustrated Vladimir Putin dismissed allegations that Russian Federation tried to influence last year's presidential election as "hysteria" and compared the attention to the issue in the U.S.to anti-Semitism while speaking on a panel discussion moderated by NBC's Megyn Kelly Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday admitted that India is facing a serious problem due to the menace of terrorism and that the situation is not an "imaginary thing".

The FBI, CIA and NSA concluded in a January report that Putin's regime used hackers, Kremlin agencies and paid online "trolls" to undermine the USA election and help Trump win. "That is not proof", he insisted, according to NBC News.

He said he had made the same comment in Germany three days back when "nobody's comment had come", an apparent reference to Trump's announcement on Friday. "I quoted from 5,000-year-old Vedas to say humans have a right to milk the nature but have no right to exploit it", he told the gathering in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin. "Modern technology allows to do that quite easily".

Putin said Thursday that "patriotic" Russians could have been involved, but covered their tracks to make it seem like the operation was run by the Russian government. "The hackers are the same".

"If they [hackers] are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation".

Putin said that there's still time for the agreement as it comes into force in 2021.

"No hacker can affect an electoral campaign in any country, be it Europe, Asia or America".

The Russian leader said the "Russo-phobic hysteria" in the U.S.is mostly aimed "against the current president of the U.S.to prevent him from working normally". "We ought to be aware of the danger (terrorism)", he said.

When asked directly whether Russian Federation interfered in the election, Putin said in March: "Read my lips: No". "Exploitation of nature is not acceptable to us", he said.

"Help us restore normal political dialogue", Putin said. Moscow has strongly denied all allegations of election meddling. "Trump's team was more efficient during the election campaign". And part of that influence campaign were hackers.

The Russian president dismissed the conclusions of the US intelligence community that Russia meddled on behalf of Trump, saying that he had read the report and found nothing but "speculation and conclusions base on speculation". The U.S. and the European Union have slapped Moscow with sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Mr. Putin said he discussed airstrike strategy in the region with American counterparts.

"Normalization of bilateral relations is in the interest of the two countries". However, the Russian leader also said any such deal must include the US, echoing a Kremlin aide who said the deal is "unworkable" without USA participation.

"What fingerprints?" Putin said sarcastically.

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