Putin Says Russian Meddling in U.S. Election 'Absolute Nonsense', Denies Threatening NATO 'Russia is Not Going to Attack Anybody'

“It’s much simpler to distract people with so-called Russian hackers, spies, and agents of influence. Does anyone really think that Russia could influence the American people’s choice in any way? The number of mythical, dreamt-up problems include the hysteria - I can’t think of another word - that has broken out in the United States about the influence of Russia on the current elections for the US president.”

— https://www.rt.com/usa/364455-trump-moscow-favorite-nonsense-putin/

While denying that Russia had meddled in any way shape or form in the American elections much less on Donald Trump's behalf, Putin offered mild praise of the billionaire businessman, saying Moscow naturally welcomes any statements about cooperation as opposed to confrontation. Putin also said Trump represented the interests of ordinary people tired of the U.S. elites. Reiterating his previous comment that Trump was a 'bright' or 'colorful' personality (The Donald mistranslated it on the campaign trail as 'brilliant') Putin said that Trump sometimes behaves 'extravagantly' but 'not without reason', apparently recognizing that some of Trump's over the top personality is part of his decades-honed method of gaining media coverage and political capital. It would seem Putin understands The Donald's persuasion and publicity techniques quite well.

As the RT video above shows regarding some of the latest Podesta emails dumped online, the Hillary camp was advised by John Podesta to emphasize Putin and the Russian threat at every turn. As the Russia Analyst pointed out in our previous post here at RogueMoney, this tactic serves a double or even triple purpose --

1) to deflect from the lack of enthusiasm for Mrs. Clinton among Democrat and especially Bernie voters evident in this week's pitiful turnout at Clinton/Kaine events in Florida

2) to cover up through sheer repetition of 'Russians' the amount of influence peddling and pay to play on behalf of foreign interests, particularly the ISIS sponsoring Saudis and Qataris, that Clinton did through her Foundation and campaign

3) to garner more if not nearly all of the campaign contributions from the Wall Street/War Party axis with the military industrial complex increasingly favoring the Democrats after giving an edge to Republicans in cash since the 1990s.

“I would like to have such a propaganda machine in Russia. But, unfortunately, I don’t. We have no such global media as CNN, BBC and some others. We have no such opportunities so far,” Putin said at a session of the Valdai Discussion Club.

— http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-27/putin-asks-america-now-banana-republic

Finally, after dismissing claims that Moscow's propaganda machine can come anywhere close to that of the (post)Western countries especially the U.S. and UK, Putin warned against provoking Russia to defend its national interests -- a veiled reference to the claims by Gen. John R. Allen and others this past week that the U.S. could attack Russia's Syrian ally with impunity.