Their letter came roughly a week after an interview showed Putin NBC's Megyn Kelly that his country would "never" indict the nationals accused of election meddling. And since Jewishness is widely recognized in Russia as an ethnicity as opposed to just a religion, Russian Jews are not really considered as ethnic Russians, though they are certainly accepted as Russian citizens.
Putin responded brusquely when interviewer Megyn Kelly asked if he condoned the interference that was alleged in last month's US indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller. At one point, Putin suggested that Ukrainians, Tatars, or Jews with Russian citizenship may have been involved.
"M$3 aybe they have dual citizenship of a green card; maybe the US paid them for this".
"I saw no change to the Russian military capability and each of these systems that he's talking about that are still years away, I do not see them changing the military balance". How can you know that?
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) called on world leaders to denounce "soundly and promptly" what he called Putin's "repulsive" remarks.
Putin said Russian Federation has neither the tools nor the will to meddle in elections.
"First, we have principles whereby we do not allow others to interfere in our domestic affairs and do not get into the affairs of others...." Recent reports have drawn connections between Putin and members of his inner circle.
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.
Prigozhin, a Russian businessman and oligarch, has ties to Putin that go back to at least 2001, according to some reports.
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