Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that he is not trying to influence the upcoming US presidential election and not interested in a war against the US. After weeks of increasing tensions between Moscow and Washington, Putin said: “I’m not looking for a confrontation with the US.”
“I’m not trying to influence the [US] election,” stressed Putin. “We will try to work alongside every leader who is chosen and wants to work with us.”
The Russian President also dismissed the allegations about Russia being responsible for the cyber-attacks on the US and called them the White House’s “election campaign rhetoric.” He also expressed hope that after the election, his country’s relationship with the US will improve.
In addition, Putin commented on the US military actions in Syria and Iraq and said that he hopes that Washington and its allies will do everything possible in order to ensure the safety of civilians.