"To me it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government", Putin answered, according to the Russian-language interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.
"It never hurts to think but at the end of the day it will be the Russian people who will decide that", he added. Putin said. "It's not our goal to interfere".
The information will be in their soon-to-be-released book "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump" and explains that Michael Daniel, a cybersecurity coordinator, and Celeste Wallander, a member of the National Security Council, had a plan to take on the Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"
America's leading intelligence agencies concluded past year that Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the U.S. election to undermine Clinton's campaign and boost Trump's chances, but Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow.
"It's not our goal to interfere". Putin said of the people named in last month's indictment. "We tell them on the highest level that they are constantly interfering in our domestic political life". "At least send us a piece of paper. The US imposed sanctions on us", he said. We try to make Russian Federation a stronger, competitive, and more effective country, a country that relies on its own strengths.
Putin also cast doubt on the chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Kelly noted that Putin made the remark about not having the tools to disrupt the US election shortly after he announced that Russian Federation had developed major new nuclear weapons.
"He understands that if it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship with someone, then you have to treat your current or potential partner with respect", Putin said.
Putin told Kelly that he does not read Trump's tweets and avoids Twitter himself.
A former senior Obama administration official involved in White House deliberations on Russian Federation has since said: "I feel like we sort of choked". "Well, Donald is a more modern person", the Russian leader told the journalist.