Putin 'couldn't care less' about US election meddling

Susan Rice reportedly issued stand down order to NSC officials in response to Russian hacking

Putin responded brusquely when interviewer Megyn Kelly asked if he condoned the interference that was alleged in last month's USA indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller. Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering", Putin said. So what. I don't care.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. "It's that they expose problems and this is good, indeed it's right", Putin said.

That's according to investigative reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn's new book, "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump".

"Maybe the Jews meddled in the US elections".

The NBC News interview was conducted in two parts, on March 1 and March 2.

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he continued - accepting Kelly's premise and not denying there was interference in the US election. Maybe they have dual citizenship or maybe a green card. Give us an official request. 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. "And we'll take a look at it". During the interview, Putin also said that his United States counterpart has "leadership qualities" as "he takes responsibility when he makes decisions".

But Putin said he was willing to "sit down calmly, talk and figure things out", going on to say, "I believe that the current president wants to do that, but there are forces that won't let him do it".

Israeli lawmaker Ksenia Svetlova quickly called on Israel to condemn Putin's "harsh" comments, saying that "if Israel does not defend the Jewish people, no one will, according to Haaretz. We'll counteract whatever they do, we'll counteract it very strongly", Trump said.

"First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others...."

There are fears Russian hackers are planning to attack Britain's infrastructure and Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster says the United Kingdom would respond in kind.

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