Putin rejected allegations that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the election, despite the conclusion previous year by USA intelligence agencies that he personally directed a campaign to do so in 2016.
"Why have you decided the Russian authorities, myself included, gave anybody permission to do this?"
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 US and contributed to Donald Trump's election.
"Maybe they have dual citizenship or a green card, maybe the US paid them for this". Putin told NBC. "There are 146 million Russians".
"I don't care. I couldn't care less", he said, condescendingly. "I couldn't care less.They do not represent the interests of the Russian state".
The NBC News interview was conducted in two parts, on March 1 and March 2. Give us an official request. But he also did not deny Russian interference. The U.S. believes Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the attacks, attacks Putin claimed are impossible because according to him, Russian Federation rid Syria of all its chemical weapons long ago. "Doesn't that sound ridiculous even to you?" he said. He said this in an interview with NBC.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, when he announced the Russian indictment, said it made no judgment on whether the alleged Russian propaganda campaign altered the outcome of the election which Trump won.
USA intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in United States politics are continuing unabated - and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.
"Even though this is his first term as President, he is a quick study, and he understands perfectly well that trading accusations or insults at our level is a road to nowhere", Putin said.
"It's not our goal to interfere".
Putin said he does not read Trump's tweets nor does he use the social network himself.
Putin suggested in the interview that the reason Trump has seemed deferential to him is he knew upon taking office that he needed to develop a "cooperative relationship" with Russian Federation and thus he needed to treat his counterpart with respect.