Putin: Russian state has never been involved in hacking

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior their talks at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

Vladimir Putin continues to deny that he ordered a campaign to interfere with the 2016 election, though he has now admitted that there might have been some Russian meddling after all. "Modern technologies allow to do that kind of thing - it's rather easy to do".

Likening hackers to free-spirited artists acting according to their moods, he said cyber attacks could be made to look like they had come from Russian Federation when they had not. "The hackers are the same".

"If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak badly about Russian Federation".

Putin argued that hackers, wherever they come from, can't sway election outcomes because the public mood cannot be manipulated that easily. "We are respectful toward all Indian interests", he said, citing the deep defense relations between the two countries.

"At the moment, we don't produce those systems overseas", Putin added.

Putin's attempt to blame the hacks on private actors - while stopping just short of praising those actors - echo remarks made by none other than President Donald Trump.

They say they also hope Comey's testimony will answer questions that have arisen since Comey's sudden firing by President Donald Trump.

From here he will go to France on the fourth and final leg of his tour and meet newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron for the first time.

He said they found no trace that the Russian hacking group known as APT28, blamed for other attacks including on the US presidential campaign, was responsible.

Raising the possibility of attacks by what he portrayed as free-spirited Russian patriots, Mr. Putin said that hackers "are like artists" who choose their targets depending how they feel "when they wake up in the morning". He added that he has a good relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, despite her criticism of Moscow during a joint press conference early May. The U.S. and the European Union have slapped Moscow with sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine.

Putin, speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum in St Petersburg, said Russian Federation could not stand idly by and watch while others increased their military capabilities along its borders in Europe and the Far East.

The four islands, called the Northern Territories in Japan and the southern Kurils in Russian Federation, were seized by the former Soviet Union at the end of the World War II, preventing the two countries from signing a peace treaty.

Washington was using North Korea as a pretext to expand its military infrastructure in Asia in the same way it had used Iran as a pretext to develop a missile shield in Europe, charged Putin. John McCain said he believes Putin and Russian Federation are the grandest national security threat to the U.S. "We are thinking about ways to neutralize possible threats at long distance".

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