It comes after the U.S. charged thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Kelly asked in the interviewed that aired Friday night. And despite several USA federal agencies pinning the 2016 election hacking on the Russian government, Trump has repeatedly defended Putin's proclamations of innocence and lavished the Russian president with praise. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago.
"We in Russia can not prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law", he said. "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.
Putin just used Megan Kelly, nine days before his re-election (he can not lose) to tell his own people Tatars and Jews living in Russia with Russian citizenship are not Russians. Give us a document.
"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?"
"I have other means of expressing my point of view or making decisions". "And we'll take a look at it".
Asked whether he was concerned about Russian citizens attacking US democracy, Putinreplied that he had yet to see any evidence that the alleged interference had broken Russian law.
"It's not our goal to interfere".
USA intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in United States politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November. The Russian president replied in the negative, and added that he never tweets.
"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said.
Trump himself has repeatedly refused to condemn Russian Federation over the alleged meddling, and has said he admires Putin as a strong leader.
As for the relations between US and Russia, Putin said Trump "understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere".