Putin laughs off a question about poising opposition leader

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Islam News – During his annual news conference on Thursday, the Russian president was asked about the near-fatal poisoning in August of the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny with a military-grade nerve agent.
Vladimir Putin responded with a laugh that, if Russian agents had wanted to kill Mr. Navalny, “they would have probably finished the job.
He did, however, make a startling acknowledgment: that Russian intelligence agents had been tracking Mr. Navalny’s movements, according to The New York Times.
Putin insisted that American intelligence was behind the uproar over the poisoning. He also said that an investigation by an international group of journalists, published on Monday, that uncovered apparent involvement by Russian intelligence had also been engineered by the U.S.
Putin did not respond directly to a question about a giant, sophisticated cyberattack attributed to Russian agents who broke into private U.S. companies and the networks of several U.S. agencies, including the State Department and parts of the Pentagon. He said Russian-American relations had become “hostage” to U.S. domestic politics, referring to criticism of President Trump as being too soft on Russia.

Source: The New York Times

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