Putin on alleged Russian interference in US elections

In an interview with NBC News broadcast on Friday, Putin said that he "could not care less" about indictments issued by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller accusing Russian nationals and companies of election interference, stating that "they do not represent the interests of the Russian state" and are unrelated to the Kremlin.

Asked whether the Russian president could have "pardoned" opposition activist Alexei Navalny so he could be a competitor in the presidential election, Putin replied "I would like to cooperate with these people and ready for it".

Putin was asked by NBC's Megyn Kelly if he ever reads United States leader Donald Trump's posts on Twitter.

According to investigative reporters Michael Isikoff's and David Corn's new book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump", the White House director of cybersecurity, Michael Daniel, was particularly concerned when he learned in June that Russian actors had infiltrated critical election infrastructure in several U.S. states.

Earlier last month, 13 Russian nationals were charged with wrongdoing related to interfering with elections in favor of Trump.

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he said. "There are 146 million Russians". "I don't care. I couldn't care less". "I couldn't care less".

"So what if they're Russians?"

With nuclear tensions at a high between Russian Federation and the West, Vladimir Putin has said that he is willing to destroy the world - but only if Russian Federation is threatened. "The US imposed sanctions on us", he said. "We'll counteract whatever they do, we'll counteract it very strongly", Trump said.

He said United States authorities should send Russia's general prosecutor an official request. Give us an official request. "And we'll take a look at it".

US publication Mother Jones has reproduced a lengthy extract from a new book about the latter days of the Obama White House which includes a remarkable aside about Latvia.

The book will go into detail on Russian interference in the election process and will go on sale on March 13, 2018.

He claimed it was not Russia's "goal to interfere" and appeared incredulous at the charges, asking, "Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?"

Mr. Trump has said he blames Obama for failing to address Russian meddling attempts when he was in office.

"It's not our goal to interfere".

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