Russia's Putin ridicules claims of meddling in US vote


Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he believes former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden was wrong to leak U.S. spy secrets, but is no traitor, Reuters said.

Echoing a point made by President Trump, Putin said the allegations are an excuse made by salty Democrats who can't come to terms with their own failure last November.

"I read the nonclassified version", Kelly said.

"But what has been said has been said".

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However, he said that even if hackers did intervene it's unlikely they could swing a foreign election. "We have no right to take away what belongs to the future".

In a sign of exasperation, Putin compared what he described as the obsessive USA focus on alleged Russian interference with the vote to anti-Semitism.

The Russian leader suggested the alliance's continued existence could be explained because it was merely an "instrument of USA foreign policy".

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Mr Putin's remarks opened room for verbal manoeuvring by Moscow - and also by President Trump - amid multiple investigations in the United States into Russian meddling.

"But it turned out that he was right", Putin said.

Putin expressed scorn at the focus on Kislyak's contacts with Trump's team, saying it was normal for a diplomat to establish contacts.

President Trump on Thursday announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord, arguing that the 2015 agreement was detrimental to the U.S. economy.

"We've had enough", Putin added.

"Generally speaking, the Paris treaty is a very good document which is aimed at resolving one of the global problems of the current times", Putin said, "in order to deter the climatic changes".

Hours earlier, Trump had announced that the USA was withdrawing from the Paris climate change deal, which had been agreed by more than 190 nations.

"I invite you all, 125 crore people of the country are inviting you, the world's most ancient nation is inviting you for economic development".