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".
North Carolina (47-12), which missed the national tournament the last two years, is No. 2 after winning 18 of its last 22 games. DE went 4-0 at the Colonial Athletic Association tournament to capture its first conference title in the CAA .
In 2015, a grand jury declined to criminally charge Loehmann in the Rice shooting. "We still need accountability". Garmback was suspended for 10 days for violating a tactical rule for his driving that day.
The awkwardness may stem from Trump's tacit support of Macron's rival Marine Le Pen during the French election. President Macron said he respected President Trump's decision to put the Paris agreements under review.
Joe Root's shot was then perhaps a signal of England's mis-adventure when he missed Parnell's full-length inswing to be plumb lbw. Best of them all arguably was Faf du Plessis ' head-high take at second slip to account for Jos Buttler .
James had earlier been whistled for his fourth foul with nearly seven minutes left in the first half, sending him to the bench. The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 65-42 in the second half, thanks to Irving's playoff career high in points.
One of the few times Gustafsson didn't just evade Teixeira's lunge was in the third round, when he almost finished the fight. He went into the fifth round against Glover Teixeira on Sunday but didn't require the judges.
The final piece of the puzzle, of course, is to try and lock users further into Apple's ecosystem of products and services. This year's developers conference will be the first since 2013 to introduce new hardware.
She paired the one shoulder, thigh-high slit gown with Chloe Gosselin's platform shoes and De Grisogono diamond earrings and cuff. She didn't seem too upset by the fashion faux-pas, and was later seen partying the night away with her fellow models.
He also added eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals as the Cavs romped to a 135-102 victory and a 4-1 series win. LeBron and Kyrie combined for 28 third-quarter points, with Irving going for 13 points and four assists in the frame.
Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in the NBA Finals
James has been even better, scoring 32.5 points on almost 57 percent shooting, adding eight rebounds and seven assists per game. As for looking at the regular-season series between the Cavs and Warriors , a 1-1 split, there's no much to glean from there.
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State Department official said it is not aware of any American citizens affected "but we are continuing to gather information". Police cordoned off the area near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport shortly after the attack began, according to the AP.
DHS chief says reported Russian back-channel not a 'big deal'
May-Kelly said her parents and mother were. " #FakeNews is the enemy!" the United States leader wrote , spelling errors and all. Congressional Democrats are demanding to hear directly from Kushner over allegations of the proposed secret back-channel.
'He's human': Cavs coach defends LeBron after 'weird' loss
The loss ended the champions' 13-game post-season winning streak. "I mean, listen, you've got to be smart about it", James said. The Celtics managed to stabilize the game and Bradley's jumper cut the lead to 26-19 with 2:45 left in the first quarter.
Johanna Konta crashes out of French Open
The 18th seed, fired a total of 20 aces, including six in the first set alone, which he raced through in 30 minutes on Tuesday. Konta, 26, is yet to win a match in the main draw at Roland Garros after three successive first-round losses.
KISS concert in Manchester canceled after terrorist attacks
Abedi spent time in Libya before the attack and transited through Istanbul and Dusseldorf airports on his way back to Britain. She said: "The public should be clear about what this means - a threat level of severe means an attack is highly likely".
Mosul civilians in 'grave danger' as ISIS resists Iraqi forces
The move is an abrupt shift from past instructions that have mostly told civilians to stay in place until the fighting is over. The enclave covers mainly the Old City centre and three adjacent districts alongside the western bank of the Tigris river.
LeBron James breaks Michael Jordan's playoff scoring record
In light of that need for roster enhancement, this could have been the last parquet party for a fair number of those in uniform. The deficit reached a peak of 37 points, the second worst under Brad Stevens to the 50-point lead the Cavs reached in Game 2.
Intel spat adds to Israeli concerns about Trump visit
The wall is in the Old City, a part of east Jerusalem , which the US and most of the world consider to be occupied territory. Trump said as a candidate he would move the embassy to Jerusalem , but now says he's studying the issue.