Speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum Friday morning, Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed Hillary Clinton and others who have blamed Russia for cyber-attacks on the Democratic Party, comparing them to anti-Semites who try to blame the Jews for their problems.
Speaking through an interpreter in a panel moderated by NBC’s Megyn Kelly, Putin said, “We should stop this idle prattle, which is harmful and I believe is like transferring the internal bickering of the United States outside of the country.”
Putin said there is no evidence that Russia was involved in the hacking, and that it may have even been faked – but he pointed out that, regardless of who did the hacking, the information released was true.
Putin also pointed out that even DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz had to resign her post after the hacked emails were released, proving the DNC was favoring Clinton over Sanders. “So that was a truthful fact and who was the author of the leak? It does not matter,” Putin said.
“[The Democrats] made a mistake and they don’t want to recognize this mistake right now…IP addresses can be invented, a child can do that! Your underage daughter could do that. That is not proof,” Putin said.
“It’s easy to say it’s not our fault, it’s the Russians, they intervened, they interfered. It’s like antisemitism. ‘The Jews are to blame; you are an idiot because the Jews are to blame.’ And you know what, such moods are — they will end up in nothing good.”
Putin slammed the U.S. government, telling Kelly:
“Look at what your colleagues are doing in our country. They have been deep down in our domestic policies, doing what they want, enjoying themselves on a systemic basis for many years. They’ve unceremoniously, grossly interfered within our domestic affairs at the level of diplomatic embassies. This has to stop and it’s going to be easier for everyone — for you and for us as well.”
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