Rus­sian elec­tion med­dling is ‘fic­tion,’ Putin says

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MOSCOW — Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin has dis­missed al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian med­dling in last year’s U.S. pres­i­den­tial elec­tion as “fic­tion” in­vented by Democrats to di­vert the blame for their de­feat.

Putin reaf­firmed his strong de­nial of Rus­sia’s in­volve­ment in the hack­ing of Demo­cratic National Com­mit­tee emails that yielded dis­clo­sures that proved em­bar­rass­ing for Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign.

The claims of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence were driven by the “de­sire of those who lost the U.S. elec­tions to im­prove their stand­ing,” Putin said in the in­ter­view with French news­pa­per Le Fi­garo. “They want to ex­plain to them­selves and prove to oth­ers that they had noth­ing to do with it, their pol­icy was right, they have done ev­ery­thing well, but some­one from the out­side cheated them,” he con­tin­ued. “It’s not so. They sim­ply lost, and they must ac­knowl­edge it.”


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