Russian Federation demands United States send proof of election interference

The spat came as relations between the powers lie frozen at levels not seen since the Cold War over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria and accusations that Moscow interfered in the US presidential election in 2016. Kelly mentioned Russia's hack of the Democratic National Committee in the summer of 2016, as well its use of bot-operated accounts to spread intentionally false stories disguised as news on social media, and sow discord throughout the election.

Kelly then touched on a few facets of Russia's meddling, which the USA intelligence community said was done specifically on orders from the Kremlin itself. Nevertheless, he promised that the individuals would never be sent to the United States.

In particular, the Russian government is more willing to use "cyber proxies" like hackers and criminal groups that operate outside of the government, said Paulo Shakarian, the CEO of the cybersecurity threat intelligence firm CYR3CON. Rather, according to one USA official, the policy will more discretely look at ways the United States can better deal with burgeoning missile threats from Russian Federation and China in regional theaters such as Europe and Asia, where the two countries' systems have alarmed the American military.

"Let them just not talk to the press", he said.

While U.S. missile defenses are unlikely ever to be enough to counter a Russian attack, the military and the defense industry have convinced Putin "that this threat does exist and you need to throw all efforts and resources on eliminating it", said Vladimir Frolov, a former Russian diplomat and lawmaker who's now a foreign policy analyst. "We'll be prepared to look at them and talk about it", he said.

"That would be great", Kelly replied.

But then, when he was asked whether these people could be extradited to the United States, the Russian leader stressed: "Never". Still, "it's not important if Putin was bluffing", said Golts.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders made the allegation on Thursday after President Vladimir Putin announced an array of new nuclear weapons, saying they could hit nearly any point in the world and evade a US -built missile shield.

Russia's embassy to the United States of America issued a separate statement, pointing out that the Sarmat missile Putin showcased is within the provisions of the 1982 INF treaty.

But when Kelly asked whether Putin would extradite the accused if evidence backs up the Mueller indictment, Putin said he would not. He's referring to a provision in Russia's constitution that prohibits extraditing Russian citizens to other states.

  • Rogelio Becker