Speaking at a televised meeting with Russian newspaper editors, Putin pointed at what he described as USA meddling in other countries' affairs, adding that "if they poke their nose everywhere they must be able to respond to certain challenges they provoke themselves". "That's not a bad thing", Trump said at a joint White House news conference with visiting Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg.
'Interview' with Mueller unlikely: Trump President Donald Trump on Thursday hinted that it "seems unlikely" that he would allow Special Counsel Robert Mueller to "interview" him in the ongoing probe into the potential links between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Russian Federation also has rejected allegations of interfering with European elections.
Kremlin-backed hackers are believed to have breached email accounts used by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee - revealing embarrassing behind-the-scenes details.
Putin said that Russian Federation remains willing to improve ties with the USA, but added that the US political infighting makes it hard.
A spokesman for Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told NBC News his office got a copy on Monday, and was aware when it was being compiled.
Trump is saying that because there was no collusion, the investigation into Russian sabotage of our 2016 election should be dropped.
Russian lawmakers have hit out at the USA after Washington D.C. City Council voted to rename a street in front of the Russian Embassy after a murdered dissident. Senior Democratic Senator Ben Cardin attacked Trump for having "barely acknowledged the threat posed by Putin's repeated attacks on democratic governments and institutions".
Asked about claims of Russian interference in Italy's election later this year, Putin strongly rejected the allegations as a "provocation" from outside powers, arguing that Moscow has "very good relations with various political forces" in the country.
President Trump on the newly released report on Russia's election interference.
Notably, it recommends the US find ways to help Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, wean itself off being so dependent on Russian Federation for energy.
The United Kingdom has made a point of publicly chastising the Russian government for its meddling in democracies, and it has moved to strengthen cybersecurity and electoral processes, the report notes.
The report describes conferences across Europe for the far right as being sponsored by figures and organizations linked to the Kremlin, and notes that an official of Hungary's anti-Semitic Jobbik Party was charged with spying for Russian Federation.
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