Putin: Donald Trump's political enemies 'worse than prostitutes'

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Ian Langsdon Reuters

18 January, 2017

USA intelligence agencies blame Russian Federation for cyber hacking that interfered with the U.S. presidential election.

"They have sanctions on Russian Federation - let's see if we can make some good deals with Russian Federation", the Republican told the Times.

"We're supposed to protect countries, but a lot of these countries aren't paying what they're supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States". The United States has 1,367 nuclear warheads on deployed strategic missiles and bombers, and Russian Federation has 1,796 such deployed warheads, according to the latest published assessment by the U.S. State Department.

"The people who order falsifications of the kind that are now circulating against the US President-elect - they are worse than prostitutes, they don't have any moral limits at all".

"I don't know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don't know what he will do on the worldwide arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever", Putin said in a statement, according to RT. "It may not last long at all".

Following President Obama's imposition of sanctions on Russian Federation in response to cyberattacks against Democrats, Trump lauded Putin as being "very smart" for not responding in kind.

Putin's government has flatly rejected the allegations.

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Lavrov said Russian Federation and the United States can reach common ground on nuclear arms control and other issues if each country proceeds from its national interests and shows respect for the other side.

Putin's comments were an obvious reference to the publication of a discredited dossier accusing Trump of soliciting prostitutes during a trip to Moscow. The overall share of the public that claims Hillary would have won if not for Russia's interference may rise simply because Lewis and his colleagues are mainstreaming it as a partisan position.

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Trump also criticised Russian Federation for its intervention in the Syrian war, describing it as "a very bad thing" that had led to a "terrible humanitarian situation".

The war has killed more than 300,000 people, created the world's worst refugee crisis and aided the rise of the Islamic State militant group.

In a reflection of the bad blood between Obama's administration and the Kremlin, Lavrov accused USA officials of making repeated attempts to recruit Russian diplomats in the United States as spies, including a deputy chief of mission.

Trump later tried to walk that comment back, though he has made equally questionable comments about the situation with Crimea as recently as this past weekend.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has not been "taking care of terror", he said.

"The second: Trump arrived [to Moscow] and right away ran to meet with the Moscow prostitutes?"

News of Trump's plan came as the outgoing USA intelligence chief said Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the US. "I think it's invalid, I think it's phony, but I don't want to be relying on Putin". "So you prove it", Mr Lavrov said. The Russians replied tit-for-tat; they expelled 35 USA diplomats and closed two US compounds operating near Moscow. "Five. It's not much".

He told the Times of London that he wants the nuclear arsenal of the world's two biggest nuclear powers, Russian Federation and the United States, to be "way down".

Kosachev said he would not equate Trump's words to a "formal proposal" yet.

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