Putin on Trump's withdrawal from Paris Accord

India-US-Japan naval exercises involve air defence anti-submarine warfare surface drills by warships

India-US-Japan naval exercises involve air defence anti-submarine warfare surface drills by warships

Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Friday that his government had anything to do with hacking operations aimed at disrupting the US election previous year.

US intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of hacking into Democratic Party emails, helping Donald Trump's election victory, and the congressional and FBI investigations into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation have broken the Kremlin's hopes for a detente with Washington.

Earlier on Friday, Modi attended for the first time the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, an annual business and economic event hosted by the Russian President in city of St. Petersburg.

At a meeting with United States business leaders earlier Putin urged them to help Moscow establish a dialogue with Trump, as ties remains deadlocked amid probes into possible collusion.

Evidence of interference in other elections around the world, most recently in France, have also been traced back to Russian Federation.

Kelly's interview with Putin came as the House and Senate intelligence committees are investigating alleged Russian interference in the presidential election and preparing to question top Trump administration officials, including Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and close adviser.

"What fingerprints?" Putin said sarcastically. He said "someone sitting on their bed who weighs 400 pounds" could have been behind the hacks.

"Maybe someone has a pill that will cure this hysteria", Putin added.

Things are looking up in St. Petersburg - the rain stopped...& I will interview President Putin on Friday. "We have set 175 GW target", he said.

Mr Putin further said that just because Russian Federation has a "special relationship" with India, it does not mean that India should be restricted in having contacts with other "partnering countries".

"Does squabbling over North Atlantic Treaty Organisation help Russian Federation?" he said. Stirred up the situation in Egypt, Tunisia, leaving them in a awful state, let alone the processes that occurred in other countries such as Somalia. "It will if it leads to NATO's breakup, but we aren't seeing any such breakup yet".

Snowden had the right to act in the way he did however, said Putin, who said he agreed that US surveillance had become too intrusive, while praising his own country's intelligence services for operating within the law.

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