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Putin denies knowledge of Jared Kushner's back channel proposal

19 June 2017

The Russian leader was quoted as saying by TV Line that he had not seen any proof of his country's interference during the USA election and the US intelligence officials had been misled.

In an interview on American television last night, the Russian president - who denies any involvement in the hacking of email accounts of top Democrats that many believe helped swing the November vote in Mr Trump's favour - said United States spies could be have been behind the data theft.

Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump, despite Trump's previous travel to Russian Federation as a businessman.

Kelly pushed back on Putin's claims, including saying it sounded like the Russian president was trying to justify his attempts to influence elections. "Your lives must be so boring", if Americans are reduced to making up stories about Russian Federation, he said. But the interview produced little that was new. He has also been accused of not reporting his meeting with Putin and income from Russian sources, such as payments from RT. "What fingerprints or hoof-prints or horn-prints, what are you talking about?" he asked.

"There's a theory that Kennedy's assassination was arranged by the United States intelligence services", Mr Putin told NBC.

"That's complete nonsense. Do you even understand what you're asking or not?" he continued.

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In the NBC interview, Mr Putin was asked about reports of Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner's attempt to set up a secret communications channel with Russian Federation. "No such proposal ever reached me". The day before the interviews, "he and I had spent a good hour together, along with Prime Minister Modi of India, and exchanged all sorts of information about ourselves, our families", she said.

"That's it", Putin said.

He himself told The Washington Post in August 2016 that he was sat next to Putin by the organizers and introduced to him, but they had no further conversation.

On Thursday, Putin raised the possibility that "patriotic" Russian hackers may have acted on their own to influence the USA presidential race.

The interview, which took place at the International Economic Forum in Russia on Friday, comes at a time when Putin and the Russian government have been at the forefront of American politics. There's nothing to even talk about.

"This sums up my entire acquaintanceship with Mr. Flynn", he added.

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'Why do you have the right to ask these questions?'

Kelly interviewed the Russian president such topics as allegations of interfering in the USA election and collecting information on President Donald Trump. Putin, slouched over in his seat, scoffed at the idea. "There are a lot of specialists who can even make it so it comes from your home IP address, as if your 3-year-old daughter carried out the attack".

"Have you all lost your senses over there?" Although they chatted a bit, he said, he was unaware Flynn had been a government official until after he left.

Flynn was sacked after less than a month because of revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

Putin, for instance, dismissed Kelly's questions about repression and the killing of journalists in Russian Federation by saying it was another example of American moralizing. He suggested Americans should stop moralizing, saying "Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?"

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Putin denies knowledge of Jared Kushner's back channel proposal