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Vladimir Putin Denies Speculation That Russia Hacked Election, Laments "Russophobia", Threatens Retaliation

If you’ve had your fill of Trump-Russia stories for the time being, how do you think Russian President Vladimir Putin feels about it right about now? The answer is that he’s pretty tired of it as well, and he’s also looking forward to the day when it goes away. Those were among the many interesting comments that Putin offered up yesterday while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an economic forum in St Petersburg.

As the Daily Mail shares, Putin is well aware of the endless speculation surrounding potential Russian involvement in influencing the results of the US election. He notes that the so-called hacking that’s being alleged is not something that would have happened as a result of his commands, as “we don't engage in that at the state level,” but he did note that some individual "patriotic" hackers could possibly implement some rogue attacks here and there.

Putin knows that the allegations have harmed relations between the two nations, but he’s hoping that it will “not last for too long, not forever, if only because the understanding has to come that it is counterproductive and harms everyone.” He added that the hysteria seems to be “Russophobia” on the part of those in the West, and that’s also fraying relations.

On other matters, Putin notes that he feels the need to build up his military forces in response to the deployment of the US THAAD anti-missile system to South Korea as a response to tensions on the Korean peninsula, as well as due to reports that the US intends to ramp up its presence at Fort Greely in Alaska.

“This destroys the strategic balance in the world. What is happening is a very serious and alarming process,” Putin said. “In Alaska, and now in South Korea, elements of the anti-missile defence system are emerging. Should we just stand idly by and watch this? Of course not. We are thinking about how to respond to these challenges. This is a challenge for us.”

In Putin’s mind, he doesn’t have a choice but to show some kind of response, but he’s not looking for trouble by doing so.

“I don't agree that we are unilaterally starting to militarize these islands. It is simply a forced response to what is happening in the region,” he said.

He’s hoping for the best, but he ultimately has no idea how the situation will play out over the long term.

“How will the situation develop? We don't know,” he added.

It’s interesting to see the curtain pulled back some and to gain some actual insight from a man that’s speculated about endlessly. That doesn’t mean the speculation will be dialed back even a little bit, but it’s still interesting to see how the hacking story is playing out on the other side of the world. Those that continue pounding the drum about the story may want to take a step back and realize that the endless speculation has a number of other real-world consequences, and it may be wise to slow the rhetoric until some concrete evidence materializes.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: YouTube

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