Putin denies allegations of Kremlin-directed Russian meddling in U.S. election

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Putin denies allegations of Kremlin-directed Russian meddling in U.S. election

It comes after the United States charged thirteen Russians and three Russian companies for alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018.

But U.S. intelligence concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election with aims to help Trump, while special counsel Robert Mueller investigates the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago.

Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

"We in Russia can not prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law", he said.

When Putin was asked whether he was concerned that Russian citizens were undermining democracy in the USA, he suggested his hands were tied.

"Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, when he announced the Russian indictment, said it made no judgment on whether the alleged Russian propaganda campaign altered the outcome of the election which Trump won.

Mueller issued a 37-page indictment against the Russians but Putin indicated he has seen no evidence thus far that the alleged meddling broke any USA law. Give us a document.

"It's not our goal to interfere", Putin added. "And we'll take a look at it". "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering".

USA intelligence agencies and many Western analysts have said that Russian interference came at the orders of the Kremlin. This, he added, was so "the USA government is not going to be able to deal with worldwide issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to". "I do not know, either", the Russian leader said. Mr. Trump has said he never said Russian Federation did not meddle. "The U.S. imposed sanctions on us".

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