Putin: Russia not meddling in US election

2016-10-12 18:24
Russian President Vladimir Putin.  (Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Alexander Zemlianichenko, AP)

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Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuffing accusations that Moscow is meddling in US elections through hacking and says the identity of the cyber-criminal is unimportant.

US officials accused Russia last week of co-ordinating hacks of the Democratic National Convention and other US institutions.

Putin said on Wednesday in Moscow that "hysterics have been whipped up to distract the attention of the American people from the essence of what the hackers released ... For some reason nobody talks about this. They talk about who did it. Is it really that important?"

Putin said US politicians were "abusing anti-Russian rhetoric" ahead of the November 8 election, but called the attention flattering.

He says "Problem No. 1 in the electoral campaign is Russia. That's all they talk about. This [is], of course, very pleasant."

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