Russian election meddling is ‘fiction,’ Putin says
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.”