Putin denies allegations of Kremlin-directed Russian meddling in USA election

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On Friday's broadcast of MSNBC's "Hardball", NBC anchor Megyn Kelly previewed her forthcoming NBC special "Confronting Putin" and stated that she thinks "there's a very good chance Putin knows some things about Donald Trump that Mr. Trump does not want repeated publicly".

"Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?" the Russian president asked Kelly, referring to America's own interference with foreign elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to be reelected for a fourth term in next weekend's ballot, has said he has no plans to change the constitution to stay in the Kremlin beyond 2024.

Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law. "There are 146 million Russians". "I don't care. I couldn't care less. I couldn't care less.They do not represent the interests of the Russian state". "The Russians are going to push as hard as they can until we start pushing back".

In an interview with American broadcaster NBC News that aired on Saturday, the Russian president also suggested that some of the 13 Russian nationals indicted by the United States may not be ethnically Russian. Asked if he believes the chemical weapons attacks - which have reportedly killed many, including children - are fake news, Putin said, "Of course". Throughout the interview, Putin continued to dismiss the claims that the meddling had come at the orders of the Russian government. "I do not know, either", he added.

Two top Russia aides on the National Security Council, Michael Daniel and Celeste Wallander, believed the US needed to strike back forcefully, according to the new book 'Russian Roulette,' by Michael Isikoff and David Corn.

Trump has also hinted that he gives Putin the benefit of the doubt when he denies that Moscow interfered. "Donald is a more modern individual". Putin seemed unperturbed by Kelly's suggestion that he was unaware of the hacking.

Putin is facing little opposition in the presidential election whose first round is on March 18.

Putin also slammed the crippling sanctions the USA has imposed on Moscow in light of the activity. Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States?

In terms of the future of Russia-U.S. relations, he cast Russian Federation as the victim.

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