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Putin claims he never had strong connection with Michael Flynn
13 June 2017, 11:50 | Kara Nash
"The Russian leader noted that many USA citizens came to Russia, in particular, many took part in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), and the president assured that Moscow would facilitate their successful work in the country".
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rejected allegations that his country influenced last year's USA presidential election, saying such an act "wouldn't make sense" and that he hadn't seen "any direct proof of Russian interference" that would have aided the election of Donald Trump.
Flynn has become a central figure in investigations by Congress and the FBI into possible ties between Russian Federation, the Trump administration and the Trump campaign.
United States intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election to hurt the bid of Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Later in the interview Mr Putin also addressed claims that alleged he had collected a pre-campaign dossier on Mr Trump. Here, she cited a number of cyber-hacking tools that US intelligence has identified as having been used by Russian operatives.
The interview was tense at certain points, with Putin calling Kelly's question about whether the Kremlin has any compromising information on Trump as "a load of nonsense".
According to TV Line, Vladimir Putin told Megyn Kelly that hundreds of representatives from American companies visited Russian Federation, adding "Do you think we're gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?"
Putin also rejected the idea that he had any relationship with Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser. "We have a lot of Americans who visit us".
"You people are so creative over there, good job", Putin told Kelly.
The FBI also is probing whether anyone associated with Trump's presidential campaign was involved in the Russian hacking.
Megyn Kelly'sSunday night show on her new network, NBC, finally debuted over the weekend, and it did not disappoint. When Kellysaid that sounded like a justification, Putin said the whole thing was irrelevant anyway. In January, a top USA intelligence official had reportedly testified to the Congress that the Russian meddling in the US elections went beyond hacking.
President Putin also explained the USA interferes in elections in countries around the world. "We didn't have any relationship at all", he added.
Mr Flynn later invoked his right against self-incrimination, declining to testify in the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties and alleged Moscow meddling in America's 2016 presidential elections.
"This isn't for us to get into, these are your domestic political squabbles". When I came to the event for our for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side. He used to be in the security services'. "That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn". Putin asked. "Have you all lost your senses over there?"
Asked if Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret line of communication between the Trump transition team and Russia, Putin said "no proposal like that came to me".
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