Putin on Russian Meddling: 'I Couldn't Care Less'

Frederick Owens
March 11, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared his stance toward alleged Russian citizens' attempts to interfere in the 2016 United States election as nonchalant.

Putin discussed the indictment filed by special counsel Robert Mueller last month as part of an exclusive interview to NBC's Megyn Kelly aired on Friday night under the title "Confronting Putin", which touched on several topics including the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the USA election. "There are 146 million Russians".

Pressed by Kelly, Putin finally acknowledged that even if Russian individuals interfered, he doesn't care, because they may not have Russian heritage, and according to him, did not represent the interests of the government.

It comes after the U.S. charged thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. "Secondly, we don't have this quantity of tools", he said.

But U.S. intelligence concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election with aims to help Trump, while special counsel Robert Mueller investigates the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

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 US activists. 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. Putin asked in an often-combative interview with NBC News aired late on March 9.

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"So what if they're Russians?" "At least send us a piece of paper".

"Give us an official request", he added.

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" But he also did not deny Russian interference.

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. "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

Putin said he does not read Trump's tweets nor does he use the social network himself.

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