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Putin says Russia has never interfered with U.S. elections

16 Jul 2018, 21:53 ( 10 Months ago)

DF-Xinhua Report
Russian President Vladimir Putin waves to people as he arrives in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16, 2018. Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived here on Monday noon for the first formal bilateral summit with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. (Xinhua/Matti Matikainen).

The Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs, said Russian President Vladimir Putin here on Monday.

Putin made the remarks at a press conference after meeting his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, who was also present to answer reporters' questions.

Putin also denied the accusation that Donald Trump colluded with Russia in the presidential campaign in 2016.

 "Could you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is nonsense." Putin said, "There's no evidence when it comes to the actual facts, we have to be guided by facts not by rumors."  

Trump said he directly addressed alleged meddling by Russia with Putin, feeling the message was "best delivered in person" and they" spent a great deal of time" talking about the subject. 

Trump repeated Putin's denials about involvement in the election, saying "I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be."