Vladimir Putin tells US to send evidence of vote meddling

Lucy Bush
March 5, 2018

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday told NBC News that Russia had not been presented with evidence from the USA that Russian nationals meddled in the 2016 presidential election and said he wouldn't charge the parties involved if they didn't "violate Russian laws".

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their bilateral meeting at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany July 7, 2017.

The strongman, who is standing for a fourth Kremlin term in March, displayed a series of hi-tech video montages of weaponry manoeuvring across mountains and oceans, even heading over the Atlantic.

When NBC News asked Putin about the rhetoric directed at his country, he responded: "My point of view is that the individuals that have said that a new Cold War has started are not analysts". No one listened to us then.

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"No one really wanted to talk to us basically".

In a sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin may have decided he overstepped a bit in Thursday's state of the nation address on nuclear armaments, other top Russian officials took to the media today to greatly downplay what was meant, chalking the matter up to a "misinterpreted" message by the West.

Nearly half of his almost two-hour speech was dedicated to the country's latest weaponry.

"The collapse of the Soviet Union", Putin immediately shot back.

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In answer to another question on Friday, Russian news agencies reported that Putin had said he would still want to live in the here and now if he could choose what period of history to live in.

"We don't regard that as the behaviour of a responsible global player", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.

Putin has previously denied that Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 election.

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