During an interview with American news channels NBC News, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he doesn’t care that people are alleging that Russia interfered with the last United States Presidential election because he knows that his government was not involved. He said that many of the 13 Russian nationals currently indicted by the U.S. are not actually Russian. “Maybe they are not even Russians, but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked. It’s all the same to me. To me, it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government.”
Putin proceeded to say that his country doesn’t have the capability or any reason to want to meddle in the United States elections. He complained many times that Russia had offered to work with the United States regarding cybersecurity issues, but the United States was never receptive to the multiple offers. “But the U.S. refuses to work like this and instead throws 13 Russians to the media,” he said, followed up by listing different ethnicities in the 13 Russian nationals that would make them “not even Russian. Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the U.S. paid them for this. How can you know that? I do not know, either.”
Putin then went on to accuse the United States of interfering in Russian elections” all the time” and reiterated that it was “impossible” for his country to do the same thing. “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. Secondly, we don’t have this quantity of tools,” he said.
His remarks about Russia not having the ability to affect or interfere with U.S. elections came just a few days after he announced that his country had developed a new type of nuclear weapon. When asked about this his response was “This isn’t missiles. This is an absolutely different sphere of activity.”