Russian President Vladimir Putin told a business forum in Moscow that his nation is not responsible for the hacking of Democratic Party emails in the United States.
“They started this hysteria, saying that this is in Russia’s interests. But this has nothing to do with Russia’s interests,” Putin said, according to Reuters.
The Obama administration on Friday publicly blamed Russia for stealing digital information from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Democratic National Campaign Committee. The hack of the DNC resulted in an embarrassing leak of internal emails just before the party’s national convention in July.
Putin appeared to relish the attention his country is getting in the U.S. presidential campaign.
“About a decade ago, they wouldn’t mention Russia at all, because it was not even worth talking about, such a third-rate regional power and not interesting at all. Now Russia is problem number one in the entire election campaign,” said Putin.