NEW YORK, March 3. /TASS/. Russia must examine the evidence and independently render a decision about the guilt of the persons whom the US accused of meddling in the 2016 elections. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with American broadcaster NBC, excerpts of which were shown on Friday.
The head of state commented on the charges brought in the US against 13 citizens of Russia and three Russian organizations. Washington suspects them of meddling in the American elections.
“We can’t respond to [such allegations], if they [the defendants] did not violate Russian laws. I have to see what they [these people] have committed. Give us the documents give us information,” the Russian leader said, answering the question about foreign interference in U.S. elections. The answers of the head of state was broadcasted in the English translation.
“With all due respect to you personally, with all due respect to Congress, you have to have people with legal background, should definitely be”, – Putin said, referring to the leading. “People who have a good education, must understand that in Russia we can’t prosecute someone if they have not violated the Russian legislation”, – he added.
According to him, if the US wants any action on the part of Russia, they should appeal to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation. “A required formal request to the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, – said the President. – It should go through official channels and not through the press and shouting in the Congress of the United States.”
February 16, the U.S. government charges against 13 citizens of Russia and three Russian organizations in attempts to interfere in American political processes and the election of the presidential race of 2016. The indictment was prepared by the office of spectracolor Robert Mueller. Among the Russian entrepreneur Yevgeny Prigozhin and 12 employees of the “Agency of Internet research”.