Putin did not interfere in the election, we are assured by . . . Putin? – Ontario News

You know, I can’t work out why we didn’t think of this before. Did Vladimir Putin interfere with the U.S. election? We all want to know the answer to this question so badly, so . . . why not just ask him?

He’d know, after all! What could be simpler

Well. Yesterday, someone did. I guess this puts it to rest, nyet?

When asked on Thursday if Russia meddled in the United States presidential eleciton, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying, “Read my lips: No.”

Putin said he was “confident” that Russia did not interfere in last year’s election, having quoted former President George H.W. Bush’s 1988 pledge to not raise taxes—although Putin mistakenly cited former President Ronald Reagan in his statement.

“All those things are fictional, illusory and provocations, lies. All these are used for domestic American political agendas. The anti-Russian card is played by different political forces inside the United States to trade on that and consolidate their positions inside,” Putin told a panel of world leaders, according to The Hill.

Putin’s comments come on the heels of today’s first hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian election interference in the form of disinformation, hacking and the like.

“[We know many Americans are] friendly towards the Russian Federation and I’d like to tell these people that we perceive and regard the United States as a great power with which we want to establish good partnership relations,” said Putin, according to The Hill.

Satisfied? Didn’t think so. The last thing you want to do if you suspect nefarious actions by Vladimir Putin is take Vladimir Putin’s word for it…

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