(Excerpt from Grabien):
PUTIN (via translator): “As to who is to be believed and to who is not to be believed, you can trust no one. Where did you get this idea that President Trump trust me or I trust him? He defends the interests of the United States of America and I do defended interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests in common that are looking for points of contact. The issues where our postures diverge, and we are looking for ways to reconcile our differences to make our efforts more meaningful. We should not proceed from the immediate political interests that guide certain political powers in our countries. We should be guided by facts. Can you name a single fact that would definitively prove the collusion? This is nonsense. Just like what the president recently mentioned, the public at large in United States had a certain perceived opinion of the candidates during the campaign. There was nothing particularly extraordinary about it, it’s usual thing. President Trump, when he was a candidate, he mentioned to me to restore the Russia-U.S. relationship and it’s clear that certain parts of American society felt sympathetic about it, and different people could express their sympathies in different ways. But isn’t that natural? Isn’t it natural to be synthetic towards a person who is willing to restore the relationship with our countries, who wants to work with us? We heard the accusations about Concord Country. Well as far as I know this company hired American lawyers. And the accusation does not have a fighting chance in the American courts. So there’s no evidence when it comes to the actual facts. So we have to be guided by facts, not by rumors.”
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