Putin: Russia will never extradite its citizens to US

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"Russia has no intention of entering an arms race", Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday, adding that the weapons presented by the Russian leader aimed to maintain a "strategic parity, which is essential for maintaining peace and stability".

Meanwhile, Putin's assertion that the individuals behind the DNC hack and social media influence operation "do not represent the Russian state" or the "Russian authorities" speaks to another tactic the Kremlin often employs.

The Russian leader said during his interview with Kelly that the United States had to give the Russian government material evidence proving Russia was involved in interfering in the 2016 election.

When Kelly pressed him about the different facets of Russia's meddling and the recent indictment of over a dozen Russian nationals and three Russian entities, Putin said the request had to move through "official channels" and not through the press or "yelling and hollering" in Congress.

Russian Federation has been widely accused of using cyberattacks as one of several tools to sow discord and interfere in elections in the West, including the 2016 US presidential election.

"Let them provide some materials, specifics and data".

"We have been working on them for quite a long time", he said.

Kelly asked Putin about Mueller's indictments of 13 Russian nationals who are accused of using fake personas to plant political ads and promote political rallies on American social media sites.

"That would be great", Kelly replied.

Russians are showering the Defense Ministry with proposed names for the country's new nuclear weapons, relishing the online contest announced by President Vladimir Putin in his state-of-the-nation address Thursday.

Russia's embassy to the U.S. issued a separate statement, pointing out that the Sarmat missile Putin showcased is within the provisions of the 1982 INF treaty.

"Never. Never", Putin said. However, he noted that Russia "cannot respond" if the charges "do not violate Russian laws".

The Russian president also warned that his country's military buildup would be able to cancel out NATO's amassment of military force on Russia's borders, though he stressed that Russia did not intend to attack any other country. For that reason, the Russians "generally look at cyberwarfare as a way to support informational goals, like shaping an election", Shakarian said.



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