US Wants to Create Problems During Russian Presidential Elections - Putin

"In response to our imaginary interference in their election, [the US] wants to create problems in the Russian presidential election", he added.

President Vladimir Putin is suggesting that a recent flurry of Russian sports doping allegations could be an American attempt to interfere in next year's Russian presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused the United States of trying to interfere with Russia's presidential campaign in retaliation for what the Kremlin dismisses as unfounded US allegations that Moscow interfered in the 2016 USA presidential vote.

"That's what worries me: the Olympic Games should start in February, and we have presidential elections in March".

Trump's election inspired hopes here of improved relations with Washington, but that optimism has vanished amid the US inquiries into the Kremlin's interference in the 2016 campaign.

U.S. spy chiefs reportedly told 21 states that they were targeted by Putin's hackers before the 2016 Presidential Election.

Mr Putin said the move was a United States response to "imaginary interference in their election".

Russian Federation has denied allegations of interfering in the USA election a year ago that brought Trump to power.

Mr Putin was speaking shortly after four Russian skiers were found guilty of doping by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and banned for life from the Olympics. "This is a violation of all human rights", Petukhov said.

The United States and Russian Federation are nearing an agreement on arrangements for Syria as the Islamic State group nears defeat. "Russia never had and, I hope, will never have a system of state doping of which we are being accused", Putin said on Thursday.

  • Rogelio Becker