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Putin tells United States to send evidence of vote meddling

04 March 2018

But Putin says USA authorities need to "provide some materials, specifics and data".

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Washington to send him hard evidence that his citizens meddled in US elections, mocking accusations to date as "yelling and hollering in the United States Congress".

Meanwhile, Russians are showering the Defence Ministry with proposed names for the country's new nuclear weapons, relishing the online contest announced by Mr Putin in his state-of-the-nation address on Thursday. "Let them just not talk to the press, let them provide some materials, specifics and data".

"We have been working on them for quite a long time", he said. He's referring to a provision in Russia's constitution that prohibits extraditing Russian citizens to other states.

As the weapon name contest went on, Russian officials and lawmakers insisted that Putin's speech wasn't an announcement of a new arms race but a warning to Washington to treat Russia as an equal partner.

The interview comes after in February the US Justice Department revealed in court documents that the United States accused 13 Russian nationals and three entities of trying to interfere in the 2016 presidential vote.

On February 16, the US Department of Justice indicted 13 individuals and three organizations from Russian Federation for allegedly interfering in the US presidential election in 2016.

Putin tells United States to send evidence of vote meddling