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Vladimir Putin meets Angela Merkel, denies election meddling

Putin said accusations of meddling in 2016 US presidential election were simply rumours

ANI  |  Washington DC 

Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands prior to their talks at Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia

Russian President on Tuesday denied that Moscow ever interfered in elections in other countries.

Addressing a joint news conference after his meeting with German Chancellor at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 US presidential were "simply rumours" and were being used as part of the political fight in

Putin also denied interfering in the European elections, The Post reports.

The US intelligence agencies, however, earlier said they had proof that was behind the hacking of Democratic email accounts, aimed at benefiting President Donald Trump's campaign and harming his Democratic opponent

Merkel asserted she was confident that could take on any disinformation campaign targetting Germany's upcoming

Merkel's visit to Sochi is her first trip to in two years even as the relations between the two countries remain strained over the unresolved conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Merkel and Putin last met in in October for talks aimed at reviving the stalled peace process.

First Published: Wed, May 03 2017. 03:42 IST