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Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that his country interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections during his talks with President Trump.
Speaking during a press conference following the meeting in Finland, Putin said Trump raised the issue of “so-called” election interference but reiterated his past denials.
“The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs including election process,” Putin said through a translator. “Any specific material, if such things arise, we are willing to analyze together.”
Putin’s claim is at odds with the unanimous conclusion of the U.S. intelligence community and federal criminal investigators.
Days before the meeting, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic officials during the 2016 contest.
Trump said he “spent a great deal of time talking about” election interference with Putin, adding that the Russian leader might want to address the topic himself because he “has an interesting idea.”
“I felt this was a message best delivered in person”
President Trump says he spent a “great deal of time” speaking to Vladimir Putin about issue of Russian interference in US elections
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 16, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin, standing next to President Trump at a news conference, insists that Russia “never interfered” with American affairs, including the 2016 presidential election https://t.co/c7furDq8U9 pic.twitter.com/kg0hVnzSH0
— CNN (@CNN) July 16, 2018
BREAKING: Putin offers to interrogate 12 named in US indictments but calls claims of collusion with Trump campaign ‘nonsense’
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 16, 2018
Putin on extraditing 12 Russian officials indicted for election interference: Mueller can send us an official request and “our law enforcement are perfectly able to do this questioning and send the appropriate materials to the United States.” pic.twitter.com/FNb1JZKdTF
— Axios (@axios) July 16, 2018
“Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is nonsense… There’s no evidence when it comes to the actual facts, we have to be guided by facts not by rumors,” Putin denies Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election https://t.co/ayZoKGvWxk pic.twitter.com/CcvhpnhPmP
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 16, 2018
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