During an interview with NBC News’ Megyn Kelly, which was aired on Sunday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the accusations that his country interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election: “It wouldn’t make sense for us to interfere.”
Watch: Putin during the interview
Russian President Vladimir Putin rejected the accusations that his country meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and tried to advance Donald Trump in the race. “Put your finger anywhere on a map of the world and everywhere you will hear complaints that American officials are interfering in internal electoral processes,” Putin told NBC News’ Megyn Kelly via a translator. “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. But, I repeat, we don’t even have to do that. Presidents come and go and even the parties in power change but the main political direction does not change.”
Putin admitted during the interview that his country favored one candidate over the other but refused to comment more on the matter. “It wouldn’t make sense for us to interfere,” he added.
Putin and Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
Putin also rejected the report that Moscow officials have “derogatory” information about Trump that could be used to extort him: “Well, this is just another load of nonsense. Where would we get this information from?”
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The Russian president was also asked about Michael Flynn, Trump’s former National Security Adviser, who resigned amid the investigation into his contacts with Russian officials. “You and I, you and I personally, have a much closer relationship than I had with Mr. Flynn,” Putin stated. “You and I met yesterday evening. You and I have been working together all day today. And now we’re meeting again.”