Putin urges Washington to send hard evidence for meddling allegations
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the US to send him hard evidence that some Russians purportedly interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in favor of incumbent American President Donald Trump, mocking accusations to date as “yelling and hollering in the United States Congress.”
“I have to see first what they’ve done. Give us materials, give us information,” the Russian president said in an interview with NBC TV aired late on Friday, according to an English voiceover of his words.
In response to a question whether the Kremlin would take action against the named individuals, President Putin said Moscow “cannot respond to that if they do not violate Russian laws.”
The Russian president further said US authorities should send Russia’s general prosecutor an official request, adding that “this has to go through official channels, not through the press.”
The broadcast came a day after Putin introduced an array of new nuclear weapons, in one of his most strongly-worded speeches in years, saying Moscow could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield in case of facing any aggression launched against his country.