Russian President Vladimir Putin said that a damning dossier on US President-elect Donald Trump was "False" and dismissed allegations that his country's security services had been monitoring him as "Rubbish."
Classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings told CNN.
"These things that have been alleged are clearly false information," Putin said during a joint press conference in Moscow with the Moldovan president.
The accusations against Russian security officials were presented in a two-page synopsis, appended to a report on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The allegations came, in part, from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump.
Trump dismissed the allegations as "Fake news" at a news conference last week. Ref. CNN.
Putin may seem nice now because he wants Trump to raise sanctions on Russia but what if Trump actually listens to his cabinet? Then that can all turn very quickly with Putin suddenly having info on Trump readily available to show the world.
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Dozens of Russian deaths cast suspicion on Putin
Thirty-eight prominent Russians were victims of unsolved murders or suspicious deaths since the beginning of 2014, USA TODAY research reveals. The list of victims includes 10 high-profile critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin, seven diplomats, six associates of Kremlin power brokers who had a falling out - often over corruption - and 13 military or political leaders involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Two are possibly connected to a dossier alleging connections between President Trump's campaign staff and Kremlin officials that was produced by a British spy and shared with the FBI. The list of fatalities - 37 men and one woman - suggests that alleged attacks on Putin's critics are more extensive and lethal than previously known. It raises new concerns about contacts Putin and his lieutenants had with Trump's campaign staff. Ref. USAToday.
And yet again another reason to be thankful for being born in the US. This is what happens all over the rest of the world in those countries where strongmen or dictators reign. People disappear under mysterious circumstances, they have 'accidental' deaths, or they are simply dragged away in the most oppressive regimes. For those people who think bad of the US and other Democracies, count your blessings.
Yes, we are seeing the emergence of a multi-polar world, but Russia isn't the other pole. China is the other pole. The only thing keeping russia on the world stage is 10,000 nuclear warheads. Their economy is garbage and they are a corrupt bureaucracy with little hope of fixing things without drastic change. This is something Putin is incapable of. He prefers feeding his people lies about the west and dreams of former greatness.
Let's never forget that Putin is a KGB agent and bent on suppressing America. We should expect nothing good for us to come from him, therefore don't let any nice talk fool you.
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He's more than just an ex-KGB agent, he is a true Russian patriot and will do anything to bring about the restoration of the empire that crumbled with the fall of the USSR. That should be a chilling thought considering there are NATO countries in that sphere now and Russia has a huge nuclear arsenal.