Russia ready to discuss any issue with US: Putin

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In an interview broadcast late Friday, Putin was asked by NBC's Megyn Kelly whether he condoned the electoral interference by 13 Russians named in an indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship, even that needs to be checked".

"I do not care at all, because they do not represent the government", he said, according to the interview transcript posted Saturday by the Kremlin.

Mueller is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

"We in Russia can not prosecute anyone as long as they have not violated Russian law", he said.

It refers to discussions among senior White House and US national security staff about potential responses to interference and relates that one of the pieces of information considered was the alleged holding of secret Latvian bank accounts by the daughters of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The indictment alleges that starting in 2014, the Kremlin-backed Russian Internet Research Agency tried to disrupt the USA political process and sow discord through stealing US identities and falsely claiming to be USA activists. "Give us materials, give us information", Putin said in another excerpt from the interview with NBC, according to an English voice-over of his words.

"Maybe they're not even Russians", he said. Maybe they have dual citizenship. "At least send us a piece of paper".

"Could anyone really believe that Russian Federation, thousands of miles away.influenced the outcome of the election?"

"It's like anti-Semitism", he said, comparing Russia's critics to people who would say things like "the Jews are to blame". "And we'll take a look at it". "We do not see what goal we would accomplish by interfering". Throughout the interview, Putin continued to dismiss the claims that the meddling had come at the orders of the Russian government. She served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama and Senior Director for Russia/Eurasia on the National Security Council from 2013-2017. "It's up to the Russian voters", he said.

"I have the impression that this is what the current (U.S.) president wants, but he is prevented from doing it by some forces", the Russian president said.

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