"Here is a question. What political organizations of the United States and other members of the Western community, which organizations should be supported in Russia?" Putin asked. "We're just like the Americans did back in the '30s, we're calling them foreign agents. But they are not prohibited from working. They are not prohibited from working, foreign agents don't need to stop operating. If they are extremist in nature, that is another thing. That organization that you mentioned has publicly called for mass disorder, they have publicly called for breaking the law, called for minors to participate in activities against the law. They were talking about using Molotov cocktails against authorities as well, including against the police."
"America just recently had very severe events after the killing of an African-American," Putin said. "And an entire movement developed known as Black Lives Matter. I am not going to comment on that, but here's what I do want to say is what we saw was disorder, destruction, violations of the law, etc. We feel sympathy for the United States of America but we don't want that to happen on our territory and we are doing our utmost to not allow it to happen. Some fears has nothing to do with anything."
The ABC News reporter wasn't satisified with Putin's answer and asked for him to follow up:
MORE: @rachelvscott follows up to Russian Pres. Putin: "You didn't answer my question, sir. If all of your political opponents are dead, in prison, poisoned—doesn't that send a message that you do not want a fair political fight?" https://t.co/oU2NdPiY8k pic.twitter.com/fxWwNkfzvY— ABC News (@ABC) June 16, 2021