The following clip contains excerpts from an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin that was recorded by NBC News back in 2018. As I understand it, this footage was omitted from the final broadcast version of the interview.
Before I am denounced yet again as a Putin stooge, I must say that I find Mr. Putin’s assertion that the Russians don’t interfere with American elections to be laughable. They may not go so far as to hack into Dominion servers and similar operations — I have no expertise on such matters, so I don’t know — but they plant massive disinformation all over the Internet, and have been doing so for as long as I’ve been paying attention. I personally know a vlogger who was offered money by a Russian to propagate certain material (he refused).
More to the point is that the American intelligence services often do things that are just as bad, and sometimes worse, in an attempt to interfere with Russia.
And the idea that Russia interfered with the 2016 election to help elect Donald Trump is ludicrous on the face of it. Anyone with half a brain can see that the Russians would have had every reason to prefer Hillary Clinton over Orange Man Bad.
|00:00||Please, do listen to what I am going to say to your audience.|
|00:05||We are conducting talks with our American friends and partners,|
|00:08||high representatives of the government.|
|00:12||And whenever they claim that some Russians interfered in the US elections,|
|00:19||we tell them, as we did very recently, at a high level:|
|00:23||“But it is you who interfere in our politics.”|
|00:28||As you can imagine, they have never denied they did.|
|00:31||Do you know what they answered us, last time? They told us: “Yes, we do interfere,|
|00:36||but we are entitled to do it|
|00:39||because we spread democracy.”|
|00:43||“Whereas you do not. You are not entitled to do it”.|
|00:47||Do you think this is a modern and civil approach to international issues?|
|00:53||Neither the government of the Russian Federation,|
|00:56||nor the presidency of the Russian Federation, have ever interfered|
|01:00||in the internal political process of the United States.|
|01:05||Not long ago, President Trump said something very pertinent:|
|01:08||He said that if Russia’s objective is to spread chaos, we had fully succeeded.|
|01:15||But this chaos is not the result of some alleged Russian interference.|
|01:18||It is the result of your political system:|
|01:21||inner war, turmoil and divisions.|
|01:26||Russia has nothing to do with that. We have absolutely nothing to do with all that.|
|01:31||Fix your own system first.|
|01:34||And then there is how you addressed the issue, as I have just said,|
|01:37||that is, that you can interfere everywhere, because you bring democracy.|
|01:43||Whereas we cannot. All this generates conflicts.|
|01:46||You should show some respect towards your own partners; then they will respect you in return.|
|01:51||May I ask you a different question? Why did you encourage the coup in Ukraine?|
|01:57||Why did you do that? The US directly intervened, spending billions of dollars.|
|02:02||An act that has been fully supported by high US officials.|
|02:05||Why did the US develop a missile system along our borders?