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Putin says USA election allegations are 'fiction'

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"It is disappointing that what started as a rather productive conversation between the leaders of the two countries turned into another opportunity for President Macron to levy baseless accusations against RT", RT's editor in chief, Margarita Simonyan, told The Hollywood Reporter.

When it came to the complicated matter of Syria, the French leader made more of a veiled threat to Russian Federation when he said that there is "a very clear red line to ban any kind of use of chemical weapons" and that "any use of chemical weapons will be retaliated by France".

In an interview with the newspaper during his visit to France, Putin brushed off concerns voiced by North Atlantic Treaty Organisation about his regime, saying that "You frighten yourself".

"Russia has never engaged in that, we don't need it and it makes no sense to do it", he said. "Russia Today and Sputnik were organs of influence and propaganda that spread counterfeit truths about me", he replied, referring to the Russian TV network and news agency.

Putin, seemingly unfazed, pushed back any suggestion that Russian Federation sought to influence the election.

Putin denied that Moscow meddled in France's presidential election and said he didn't intend to influence the vote by meeting with Le Pen.

Putin described Le Pen as a politician who wants to develop friendly ties with Russian Federation.

US intelligence officials have concluded that Moscow tried to meddle in the 2016 presidential election by hacking Democratic emails. "Besides, that is nearly impossible", he said.

Mr. Macron is the first Western leader to speak to Mr. Putin after the Group of Seven summit over the weekend, where relations with Russian Federation were a key topic.

French parliamentary elections take place in two rounds, like the presidential election.

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It could be an awkward meeting, the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Paris reports. "Big things are built over time", he said.

The assessment echoed a remark by Trump during a September presidential debate in which he said of the DNC hacks: "It could be Russian Federation, but it could be China, could also be lots of other people".

"We have disagreements, but at least we talked about them", he added.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal committee matters.

The body language Monday was good.

As the French election neared, Putin expressly backed Macron's opponent, Marine Le Pen, the leader of the staunchly anti-immigrant National Front.

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Putin later went on to visit a newly opened Russian Orthodox cathedral in Paris. "It is unacceptable", the young president said, visibly irked by the subject, while assuring he will guarantee access to the global press at all his events.

The news conference was held in the palace's largest room, the Gallery of Great Battles, which celebrates 14 centuries of French military successes.

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