zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jun 2, 2017 10:55 PM
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday during a panel at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that the US investigations into whether the Kremlin meddled in the US election are nothing more than “hysteria,” and that the anti-Russia sentiment in the US was about as virulent as anti-semitism. “It’s like saying everything is the Jews’ fault,” said Putin, who said the blame for Hillary Clinton’s November loss lies squarely at the feet of the Democratic presidential candidate and members of her party, according to a report.
“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”
Putin, who was being interviewed by NBC’s Megyn Kelly, brushed off questions about meetings that members of the Trump campaign – including then-Sen. Jeff Sessions – had with Russian officials such as ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
“So our ambassador met someone. That’s his job. That’s why we pay him,” Putin said. “So what? What’s he supposed to do, hit up the bars?”
Putin was amused when Kelly touched on the subject of Russian foreign news coverage spreading “disinformation.” Putin accused her “colleagues” of dragging Russia into their coverage unfavourably.
“Let’s end this,” Putin told her. “You will feel better and we will feel better.”
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