Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that he has principles and one of them is no to interfere.
President Putin, who sat for an interview with an American filmmaker Oliver Stone, claimed that he did not interfere in the 2016 US Presidential election. “I did not interfere, I do not interfere now, and I am not going to interfere in the future,” he said.
“No matter what our bloggers – or whoever’s job it is to comment on the internet – might say about the situation in the US, this could not have played a decisive role. It is sheer nonsense. But our sympathies were with him because he said he wanted to restore normal relations with Russia. What is bad about that? Of course, we can only welcome this position.”
According to the transcript of interview, released Friday, when asked about the alleged interference of Ukraine in the 2016 election, Putin said: “I do not think this could be interpreted as interference by Ukraine.” “But it is perfectly obvious that Ukrainian oligarchs gave money to Trump’s opponents. I do not know whether they did this by themselves or with the knowledge of the authorities,” he added.
“I will not speak about what I do not know. I have enough problems of my own. They assumed Mrs Clinton would win and did everything to show loyalty to the future US administration. That is nothing special. They wanted the future President to have a good opinion of them. This is why they allowed themselves to make unflattering statements about Trump and supported the Democrats in every possible way. This is no secret at all. They acted almost in public.”
The investigation into Ukraine’s meddling in the election is ongoing, yet there is reportedly no evidence that Ukrainian officials tried to interfere.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website