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    Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference on the sidelines of the eighth BRICS summit in Goa on Sunday, October 16.

    Russia is not going to influence presidential elections in the US, Vladimir Putin said during the press conference.

    "I’d like everyone to calm down — we are not planning to influence the course of the elections in the US," the president said.

    When asked about the presidential candidates, Putin said that Hillary Clinton has chosen to take an aggressive stance with accompanying rhetoric in regard to Russia, whereas Donald Trump is calling for cooperation in counter-terrorism.

    "We do not know what our relations will be like after the elections," President Putin said.

    "We don’t know if Donald Trump will carry out his intentions, how far he will go in cooperating with us. Or if Hillary Clinton will put into practice her threats and harsh rhetoric toward Russia. Perhaps,  she will soften her stance. But naturally we welcome anyone who is willing to work with us," he said.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed hope on Sunday that the Moscow-Washington relations would get an opportunity to be restored after the presidential elections in the United States.

    "I hope that when these elections, debates, this difficult period in the internal political situation in the United States finishes, there will be chances to restore the Russia-US election," Putin said at a press conference in India's Goa.

    According to Putin, Russia is not seeking to be at confrontation with the United States.

    "If someone seeks confrontation, it is not our choice. But it means that there will be some problems. We do not want this, on the contrary, we would like to look for common ground and jointly respond to global challenges, which Russia, the United States and the whole world are facing," Putin added.

    Putin noted that Russia had no intention to somehow influence the election campaign in the United States.

    "Of course, we welcome all those who want to work together and consider erroneous the thesis that we need to constantly argue with someone and, thus, pose a threat to themselves and to the world," the Russian president stressed.

    It is the first time when the United States has threatened on such a high level cyberattacks against other countries and admitted spying on its enemies and allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

    On October 15, US Vice President Joe Biden said that the United Stated intended to respond to hacking attacks allegedly conducted by Russia.

    "There is evidence and confessions [about cyberattacks]. [The United States] is spying not only on their potential adversaries, at least those whom they consider as such, but also on their allies, including the closest ones… So what's new here? Nothing. The only new thing is that for the first time on such a high level the United States confesses: first — that it is engaged in it, and second — it threatens [to respond], to a certain extent, which is not in line with the norms of the international communication," Putin told journalists when commenting on Biden’s remarks on possible cyberattacks against Russia.

    The Russian president added that one "can expect anything from our American friends" who were spending billions on spying.

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    • drblack
      Putin is a real Business Man, and no Snake Oil Seller.
    • ptcjm
      What is quite interesting is that on Russian websites, as well as on other more critical media towards the USA and the western values, there are norwegian ads of interest. So with the russia today website and the responsible there as well as in other media websites: are the editors conscious about the fact that these ads ruin the trostworthiness of the newspapers? If so congratulations. Othervice how are these Norwegian and Nordic speaking ads to appear on English sites, this as there are so few who speak the Nordic languages. Or how do these ads come around othervice. If the editors of these newspapers are serious there wouldn't be ads like this. Well, that might be the point.......to keep people from reading the newspapers.
      And that is just fine for me and the newspaper of the Jews will continuously thrive ........as parasites?
      The Norwegian media has succeeded in making fewer people interested in reading their political propaganda as well as the Swedish newspapers. And now it seems time to cut out the Russian media. Well there are many newspapers around the world and the losers of editors can continue to prostitute themselves. At least they get money for it and that is the drive.
    • edover3
      All these accusations about Russia, from 'war crimes' to hacking allegations are all nonsense, and the US regime officials spreading all these lies know that it's just BS. It's all part of psychological propaganda campaign. Some of it is just to make Killary look good, the rest is to cover up the US failures in Syria and mideast.
    • tobi.gelando
      President Putin is a politician witch no one can top in "he West" even not when there put all there brains together !!!
      His strong points are Honor and he is not talking with a forked tong !!!
      This press conferment is simple and direct and clear to the point !!!
      Something we cant say from "Trump and the Old bag"
    • Lickie Weeks
      [On October 15, US Vice President Joe Biden said that the United Stated intended to respond to hacking attacks allegedly conducted by Russia... for the first time on such a high level the United States confesses: first — that it is engaged in it, and second — it threatens [to respond], to a certain extent, which is not in line with the norms of the international communication,"]

      Joe Biden is very, very sorry for being so very rude to you. He obviously misspoke, has no proof; and is just trying to distract from Hillary's emails, which are contin-ually being revealed; from derailing her campaign, to prevent it from seizing up.

      It is always good to be on the lookout for cyberthreats; but what is to be gained from announcing this ahead of time, as some sort of a threat; except to bait some sort of unfortunate or potentially embarrassing reaction, from the Russian side?
    • maxxus
      Amen. If only these words could reach enough Americans.
    • peskyvera
      It would be most welcome if all involved parties would keep a cool head instead of leading the world closer and closer to the abyss.
    • FlorianGeyer
      The corrupt US Regime is in absolute melt down. Never before in recent times has the US been so inept.

      They are unable to create the factual historical narrative and are having massive fits of histrionics :)
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