Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Putin Accuses US Of Meddling Abroad, Hopes For Better Russia Ties

Putin: US Sanctions Intend to Contain a Rising Russia Putin deplores new sanctions imposed on Moscow by US
Christy Curtis | 25 June, 2017, 01:27

He facetiously suggested offering a political Asylum to James Comey former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director, who was sacked by US President Donald Trump for his handling of the Russia's probe.

Putin reaffirmed his denial of allegations by US intelligence agencies that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 USA election, saying that Russian Federation has openly expressed its views and hasn't engaged in any covert activities.

The statements came during the Russian President's annual question and answer session, called "Direct Line with Putin".

He added that Russian Federation is willing to grant asylum to James Comey, former chief of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in case he is persecuted in his nation.

When asked if he had talked to Trump in the past year or so, Stone said no but did say that he "directed him" in a scene that was cut out of his 2010 film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Putin compared Comey's decision to leak details of conversations with Trump to the actions of Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency leaker who was granted asylum by Russian Federation.

Putin also said he does not consider the U.S.to be an enemy.

With the recent allegations about Russia's military intelligence targeting USA voting software suppliers, more and more details are becoming available about what looks like a comprehensive, multifaceted operation targeting US elections in 2016.

"Then what's the difference between the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and Mr. [Edward] Snowden?"

He said the two countries could also cooperate in dealing with global poverty and efforts to prevent climate change. Edward Snowden, who is facing espionage charges in the United States, is a whistleblower and former CIA contractor who leaked USA intelligence documents on mass surveillance and was given political asylum by Russian Federation.

Putin also sounded off on the U.S. Senate's plans to impose new sanctions on Russian Federation, calling it "utterly groundless". But Putin also struck a more conciliatory tone: "We have worked with the U.S. on solutions for the Iranian nuclear problem and found them", Putin said. Recently, opposition protests have taken place in Moscow and Alexei Navalny, a vocal opponent of Putin, has announced that he will run in 2018.

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia's national football team has a prominent critic ahead of the Confederations Cup - none other than Vladimir Putin.

President Putin said that the sanctions had a positive effect on the output of a number of industries.

"Do you truly believe that the nation actually believes these staged questions?" someone asked.

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