Putin 'couldn't care less' if Russian citizens meddled in USA election


Putin 'couldn't care less' if Russian citizens meddled in USA election

Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this.

The level of support among Russian voters for incumbent President Vladimir Putin has remained unchanged in mid-March in comparison with polls earlier in the month and stands at nearly 70 percent, a poll conducted by Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) revealed on Sunday.

Mueller indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud the United States, the Department of Justice announced in February.

"Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked", Putin told NBC's Megyn Kelly on Friday. "I do not know either", he said, adding that it doesn't really matter to him, "because they (the meddlers) do not represent the government".

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card; maybe the US paid them for this". Or maybe a green card.

Some are publicly asking US President Donald Trump to push Mr Putin for a clarification on what he meant when questioning whether certain groups were actually Russian. Or maybe Americans paid them for this job. How can you know that?

US leaders and Jewish advocates including Sen.

"Repulsive Putin remark deserves to be denounced, soundly and promptly, by world leaders".

Putin proceeded to say that his country doesn't have the capability or any reason to want to meddle in the United States elections. "Why is Trump silent?"

An All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center poll showed 74 percent of respondents plan on voting in Russia's presidential election on March 18.

"President Putin bizarrely has resorted to the blame game by pointing the finger at Jews and other minorities in his country", Anti-Defamation League chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Trump has previously been reluctant to criticize Putin or accept the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation played a role in his election.

"Since 2012, the global situation has changed, as has the situation in the country but Putin's electorate is stable".

Researchers told TASS they found candidate and TV host Ksenia Sobchak has the highest unfavorability rating among the Russian candidates.