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Vladimir Putin addresses 2016 election meddling in a new, exclusive, interview with Megan Kelly.

The Russian president also cast his own country as the victim of punishing USA sanctions.

Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law. "But they're not government officials".

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he continued - accepting Kelly's premise and not denying there was interference in the USA election. Putin told NBC. "There are 146 million Russians".

In an interview released on Friday, Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly, "So what if they're Russians?"

"If the 13 Russian individuals and companies did interfere in US elections, does that matter?" So what? ... I don't care. "I couldn't care less.They do not represent the interests of the Russian state". Because they don't represent - they do not represent the government.

The most well-known of the Russians indicted, Yevgeny Prigozhin, has ties to Putin and the state.

"Well, the Russians had no impact on our votes whatsoever, but certainly there was meddling and probably there was meddling from other countries and maybe other individuals", Trump said at a joint news conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven.

"Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship of a green card; maybe the US paid them for this". That needs to be checked.

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card - maybe the U.S. paid them for this". Or maybe a green card.

The former National Security Adviser, who chaired a number of high-ranking intelligence principals, told an official to "stand down" on developing cyber-espionage countermeasures because they had not been approved by President Obama. How do you know?

He has also declined to attack Putin directly on the issue, instead hinting that he was giving the Kremlin leader the benefit of the doubt, according to NBC.

"He is not my friend", Putin said. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago.

Eventually, Obama finally went public with the information of Russian meddling on October 7, 2016.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.



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