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Russia: Putin compares Washington accusation of Moscow election meddling to anti-Semitism 03:01

Russia: Putin compares Washington accusation of Moscow election meddling to anti-Semitism

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
June 2, 2017 at 17:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Washington accusations of Moscow's alleged meddling in the US elections to the anti-Semitic idea of 'always blaming the Jews', while speaking at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Friday.

Putin noted that although he thought US President Donald Trump "went over the top at times", his team "turned out to be more effective during the election campaign" and that Trump's opponents had to accept the election's result.

He went on to say, "This reminds me of anti-Semitism where Jews are blamed for everything, you know. When one is an idiot and cannot do anything himself, the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good."

Putin also noted that the persistence of allegations that the Trump administration colluded with Moscow during the election campaign was "amazing," saying that "it is some kind of hysteria. Maybe you should take an [anti-hysteria] pill? Does somebody have a pill? Give it to her. But seriously, it is simply amazing."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin compared Washington accusations of Moscow's alleged meddling in the US elections to the anti-Semitic idea of 'always blaming the Jews', while speaking at the plenary session of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Friday.

Putin noted that although he thought US President Donald Trump "went over the top at times", his team "turned out to be more effective during the election campaign" and that Trump's opponents had to accept the election's result.

He went on to say, "This reminds me of anti-Semitism where Jews are blamed for everything, you know. When one is an idiot and cannot do anything himself, the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good."

Putin also noted that the persistence of allegations that the Trump administration colluded with Moscow during the election campaign was "amazing," saying that "it is some kind of hysteria. Maybe you should take an [anti-hysteria] pill? Does somebody have a pill? Give it to her. But seriously, it is simply amazing."

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