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Putin slams claims Russia meddling in US polls as 'hysteria'

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The Russian president denied any involvement and/or attempts to influence the elections, adding that the allegations made by the USA authorities were a ploy to distract voters from focusing attention on United States politicians failings in tackling domestic issues.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. Does anyone really think that Russian Federation could influence the American people's choice in any way? Putin asked. Is it a banana republic, or something? "America is a great power".

"The president would not have authorised a release of the assessment to the intelligence community if we didn't feel that it was serious and also if we didn't feel that it was certain", he said. Any suggestion that Russian Federation had "favourites" or "non-favourites" in the USA election, he said, was a fiction being "peddled into the public consciousness with a single goal, to support the battle being waged by those who represent the interests of the Democratic Party".

"You would think that the election debates would concentrate on these and other unresolved problems", he continued, "but the elite has nothing with which to reassure society, it seems, and therefore attempt to distract public attention by pointing instead to supposed Russian hackers, spies, agents of influence and so forth".

White House spokesman Josh Earnest dismissed Putins remarks, adding that the USA stood by its allegations of Russian attempts at hacking the United States elections.

In his speech, Putin said there is little difference between the proposals of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

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Putin also dismissed claims of Donald Trump being the Kremlins favoured candidate, adding that such a narrative was total nonsense and just a form of manipulating public opinion by the western media.

"And honestly, a look at various candidates' platforms gives the impression that they were made from the same mold - the difference is slight, if there is any". The Democratic nominee claims that the alleged Russian hacking is created to boost her Republican rival, Donald Trump. He chose his own way of reaching voters hearts, he said. Of course hes behaving extravagantly, but I dont think its necessarily without reason.

Still, the Russian leader added that while Trump may sound 'extravagant, ' he was trying to reach out to people who are exhausted of elites. He is representing the interests of ordinary people.

As the November 8 elections draw closer, tensions are rising between the two nations.

The U.S. intelligence community has accused Russian Federation of being behind the theft and public release - via Wikileaks - of thousands of emails linked to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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