Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of seeking to meddle in the upcoming Russian election, saying the American government is looking to retaliate for mounting evidence that Moscow played a role in swaying the 2016 U.S. election that brought President Donald Trump into office, according to reports.
Putin, in rare comments on the accusation of meddling in the U.S. election, was quoted as saying that the U.S. is seeking to “create problems” ahead of the next Russian presidential election.
“In response to our alleged interference in their [U.S.] election they want to create problems during the election of the Russian president,” Putin was quoted as saying in Russian state-controlled media Thursday.
The comments come as U.S. lawmakers continue an investigation into Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 election and its alleged role in working with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to promulgate controversial, unverified claims about Trump.
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