Putin 'couldn't care less' about Russia's interference in United States elections
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 11, 2018,
Mar 11, 2018, 0:52
Regrettably but not unexpectedly, President Putin's full message was never delivered to his Western audience because their Mainstream Media outlets decided instead to decontextualize certain remarks and "report" on his speech as though it announced a New Cold War and attendant arms race, an interpretation that the Russian leader slammed as "propaganda" in an interview the day afterwards with Megyn Kelly.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told an American journalist that he "couldn't care less" if Russian citizens interfered in the 2016 USA presidential election. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews - just with a Russian citizenship". Putin said. "There are 146 million Russians". So what. I don't care. "I couldn't care less.They do not represent the interests of the Russian state". "To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government", Putin answered, according to the Russian-language interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin. Give us an official request.
"Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States?" he asked.
"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election? Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" he said. But he also did not deny Russian interference.
"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said.
The Mueller charges, announced February 16, alleged that the Russians created fake social media postings, posed online as American political activists and fraudulently purchased advertisements - all seeking to meddle in the presidential race.
US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.
"It's not our goal to interfere. I do not know, either", the Russian leader said.
Putin said he does not read Trump's tweets nor does he use the social network himself. "Donald is a more modern individual".