Very skillfully and professionally shifted the blame, as we say, onto Russian Federation.
The Russian deputy foreign minister boasted of Russia's "extensive contacts" with Mr Trump's team while the foreign minister Sergey Lavrov recently said, "We are concentrating on the main character, in this case the President of the United States... who has expressed his desire to develop better our relations and our common interests". Trump's most ardent critics are already talking about impeachment.
Flynn was sacked after less than a month because of revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Russia's ambassador to the United States. Most of what she asked was related to Russia's relationship with the Trump administration and with Russian hacking of the 2016 election.
Putin also argued that the United States "actively interferes" with other countries' elections.
Putin said he had no knowledge of any meetings between his ambassador and Kushner saying "Had there been anything significant, he would have reported it to the minister".
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PUTIN: I don't know about this proposal.
"It's just that French journalists asked me about those hackers". You've created a sensation out of nothing. "IP addresses? They can be invented, you know?" "Your lives must be boring".
Putin downplayed Flynn's appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honour of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which USA officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet.
When Putin denied Russian Federation had anything compromising on Trump, Kelly then segued into the next bit of their conversation the best she could, given that Putin was steering it the way of a bad spy novel: "Then the former KGB agent floated a Cold War conspiracy theory about US dirty tricks", she said. According to Kelly, 90 percent of Russians support Vladimir Putin.
Putin minimised his contact with Flynn, who was sacked by Trump in February after offering misleading descriptions of conversations he had had before the inauguration with ambassador Kislyak. A secret line with Russia - which H.R. McMaster said is a normal thing in diplomatic relations with global counterparties - could have allowed the Trump transition team and Russian officials to communicate outside of the scrutiny of the departing Obama administration.
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"It's unbelievable for me: you've made a sensation out of nothing and turned it into a tool to struggle against the sitting president".
"Therefore, if we were to discuss some kind of political and social justice, then probably that electoral legislation needs to be changed and bring a situation where the head of state would be elected by direct secret ballot and so there will be direct tabulation of votes that can be easily monitored", he said. And then afterwards I was told, "You know there was an American gentleman. He used to be in the security services'".
"It doesn't sound like a justification", Putin said.
"That's it. I didn't even really talk to him. That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn".
"When we spoke with President Obama about that ..."
An oft-published photo of him sitting next to Putin at a gala dinner, however, seems to hint he had close relations. In January, a top USA intelligence official had reportedly testified to the Congress that the Russian meddling in the US elections went beyond hacking.
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Then why did the US intelligence services say it was the Russians?