Putin says will not change constitution to cling to power

Putin denies allegations of Kremlin-directed Russian meddling in US election

Kelly questioned Putin about the people recently indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for their interference with the election, specifically the 13 Russians who Mueller and his investigators say helped spark political dissent in the USA and contributed to Donald Trump's election. "Maybe they're Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews - just with a Russian citizenship".

"It's not our goal to interfere", Putin added. "I couldn't care less because they do not represent the government".

Special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate the possibility of collusion between Russian Federation and the president's campaign.

He said, 'This would be a global catastrophe for humanity but I, as a citizen of Russia and the head of the Russian state would like to ask you this - what do we need a world for if there is no Russia in it?'

Despite Mueller's 37-page indictment detailing charges against the Russians, Putin said he has seen no evidence that their actions broke any law.

This, he added, was so "the USA government is not going to be able to deal with global issues and confronting Russian aggression as assertively as it needs to". "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.

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

"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card, maybe the USA paid them for this".

He said U.S. authorities should send Russia's general prosecutor an official request.

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

"It's not our goal to interfere". Give us a document. "We don't encourage them, and we don't order them, but what I'm saying is that individuals could have used certain tools in other countries", he continued, "but they're not government officials". Putin asked NBC interviewer Megyn Kelly. "It's up to the Russian voters", he said.

Putin told Kelly that Trump was "a businessman with vast experience" and "a quick study", though he's new to politics. "You made a decision, at the level of parliament, at the level of Congress and put Russian Federation on your list of enemies", he said.

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