Vladimir Putin Denies The "Russian State" Meddled In 2016 U.S. Election

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a joint a joint news conference following the summit with President Trump in Helsinki, denied that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election, saying that Moscow "will never interfere in internal American affairs." The Russian president suggested that the two countries could work together in a joint working group on cybersecurity to discover what happened.

"I had to reiterate things I said several times, including during our personal contacts, that the Russian state has never interfered and is not going to interfere into internal American affairs including election process," Putin said through a translator. "Any specific material, if such things arise, we are willing to analyze together."

Trump said he "spent a great deal of time talking about" election interference with Putin, adding that the Russian leader might want to address the topic himself because he "has an interesting idea."

Putin's idea turned out to be a joint investigation of U.S. interference in Russian affairs and the alleged Russian interference in 2016, including allowing Mueller's investigators to come to Russia.



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