Putin tells NBC: US hackers could have framed Russia in election hack

On Monday, Putin told a French newspaper that the allegations of Russian meddling were a "fiction" driven by Democrats' "desire ... to improve their standing by accusing Russia of interfering".

"Help us to restore normal political dialogue, I ask you on behalf of Russian Federation and I appeal to the American side - help the newly elected president, the head of the administration of the United States", Tass news agency quoted Putin as saying at the plenary session of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2017 in St. Petersburg on Friday.

At the event, Putin also said that Trump had run a more effective presidential campaign than Hillary Clinton and that US intelligence agencies may have faked evidence of campaign hacking.

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak to the media after a signing ceremony at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He said both Russian Federation and US have witnessed the collapse of the groundwork of bilateral cooperation that had taken decades to build. "Even in these reports there is nothing specific but only assumptions and conclusions based on assumptions". "Where are the finger prints?" Do you know how many specialists there are who can make it look as if your children sent something from your home IP address?

Putin, addressing an economic forum in St Petersburg, said USA allegations that Russian Federation had hacked the Democratic Party to help Trump amounted to "harmful gossip". "They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia...even in America, Latin America".

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"The other (Clinton) team miscalculated".

The Syrian President, Bashar Assad, "might have made mistakes", but the groups he's fighting within the country "are no angels either", Putin said, adding that the latest chemical attack in Syria was a provocation against the government. The Kremlin leader said that Democrats, having lost the election, were trying to put the blame on Russian Federation to cover for their own campaign failures. "It reminds me of anti-Semitism".

Asked by the moderator whether India would side with the United States or others on the Paris climate change deal, Modi replied, "it is not a question of which way I go". "There was nothing concrete, zero". He even tried to calm an inquisitive Kelly by asking: "Isn't there a pill they can give you?"

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Mr. Snowden, 33, was given asylum in Russian Federation in 2013 after leaking classified information about USA spy operations.

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