Putin denies U.S. election meddling, says he barely met Mike Flynn

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has played down his relationship with former US national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that he "didn't even really talk to him". Do you think, an ambassador from any place in the world or from the USA reports to me daily as to whom he meets with and what they discuss?

"There wasn't anything to talk about", Putin said through an interpreter.

"I want to say that Russian Federation is developing along a democratic path". He'll probably be asked about conversations with Trump about Russian election meddling and the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The interview was tense at times, with Putin calling Kelly's questions a "load of nonsense".

Putin also said he had very little contact with Michael Flynn, the former US national security adviser, even though they sat next to each other at a 2015 Moscow dinner. During their discussion, Kelly attempted to press Putin about the United States' accusation that Russian Federation interfered with last year's presidential election.

When asked if President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser Kushner discussed setting up a special communications channel with Russian officials, President Putin told Megyn Kelly in an interview on "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" that "There is nothing to even talk about".

Lawmakers should get the chance to hear from fired FBI Director James Comey - and President Donald Trump "is better served by getting all this information out". "What was the nature of your relationship with him?" He told Kelly that he had never met with Trump during the then-businessman's visits to Moscow.

"And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things".

PUTIN: I didn't even really talk to him.

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"Right now I think we have representatives from a hundred different American companies that have come to Russian Federation. Have you all lost your sense over there?"

The Washington Post had reported that in a NY meeting in December with Russian ambassador to Washington Sergei Kislyak, the 36-year-old Kushner suggested setting up a back channel of communications with Moscow.

Putin ridiculed the allegations of Russian meddling in USA elections, accusing the Democrats of trying to shift blame for their defeat.

"I have no idea", Putin said, becoming increasingly agitated as he continued. "And out of this sensation you created a weapon of war against the president", he said, referring to Trump. Putin said he didn't realize that Flynn had been involved with anything having to do with US intelligence until someone told him afterward.

Asked about the "fingerprints", IP addresses allegedly belonging to Russian hackers, he said those could have been easily rigged and couldn't stand as credible evidence. "They can even be hackers, by the way, in the United States, who very skilfully and professionally, shifted the blame, as we say, on to Russian Federation".

Trump fired Flynn for failing to disclose that he had met with Russian officials.

Vladimir Putin sits down with NBC News' Megyn Kelly.

Comey is to testify Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee. "Then on-camera he was the Russian president that we've all come to know: He was combative, he was defiant, he was feisty, he was fiery, he was on offense on all of the issues, He was the Vladimir Putin Russians love to see". He suggested Americans should stop moralizing, saying "Why do you feel you have the right to ask us these kinds of questions?"

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