United States hackers could be behind U.S. presidential campaign leaks - Putin

Xavier Trudeau
Juin 3, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to come to the defense of President Trump on Friday over his decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris climate accord.

Putin, who is keen to fix battered U.S. -Russia relations and is expected to meet Trump for the first time at the G20 in Hamburg in July, said Trump had simply run a better campaign and better connected with voters than Clinton.

Speaking at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Putin said Friday that it is Ambassador Sergei Kislyak's duty to maintain contacts with various people in Washington.

"By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russia", the Russian leader continued. Do you know how many specialists there are who can make it look as if your children sent something from your home IP address?

When I was in Germany I had said that Paris or no Paris.

While Putin has frequently denied Russia's role in election hacking, US intelligence agencies have confirmed that Russian Federation attempted to influence the election. He said "someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds" could have been behind the hacks.

"I quoted from 5000-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.

Russia's hopes for better ties with President Donald Trump's administration have been dashed by the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Modi said he was asked a similar question in Germany earlier this week, before the USA decision was made public.

He underlined, "we must leave for our future generations a climate wherein they can breathe clean air and have a healthy life".

"Does squabbling over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation help Russian Federation?" he said.

"What else is the ambassador supposed to do?"

Trump said, according to the Paris Climate deal terms, China will be allowed many coal plants, and India will be allowed to double its coal production by 2020, but not the US. That gives Putin lots of wiggle room because the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s triggered the collapse of the country's centrally planned economy, greatly reducing carbon emissions in subsequent years.

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