Date
22 July 2017
Vladimir Putin says his government will work with whoever wins the US election. Photo: Reuters
Vladimir Putin says his government will work with whoever wins the US election. Photo: Reuters

Putin rejects claims of US election meddling

Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejecting claims his country is involved in an effort to influence the US presidential election.

This comes even as WikiLeaks released another batch of internal documents from Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Last week, the US government formally accused Russia of launching a hacking campaign to “interfere with the US election process”.

Clinton’s campaign, which has charged the Kremlin is trying to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House on Nov. 8, took its allegations a step further on Tuesday when John Podesta, chairman of the Democratic nominee’s campaign, accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia.

At events in Florida, Trump said he had nothing to do with Putin or Russia.

“I promise you, I don’t have any business deals with Russia,” Trump said at a rally in Lakeland.

In Moscow, Putin said nothing in the hacking scandal is in Russia’s interests and accused all sides in the US presidential campaign of misusing rhetoric about Russia for their own purposes.

“They started this hysteria, saying this [hacking] is in Russia’s interests, but this has nothing to do with Russia’s interests,” Putin told a business forum.

Putin said his government would work with whoever won the US election, “if, of course, the new US leader wishes to work with our country.”

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