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Talk of collusion with Trump absurd – Putin

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Russian President Vladimir Putin called absurd the talk of collusion between Moscow and US President Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign. Trump said there was 'nobody to collude with.'

“There was no collusion at all. Everybody knows it,” Trump said at the press conference following a meeting with Putin in Helsinki on Monday. “I didnt know the president. There was nobody to collude with.”

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“We need to rely on facts, not on momentary political interests of political factions in our countries,” Putin said . “Tell me one fact that shows some kind of collusion during the campaign in the US. Its completely absurd. We didnt know each other, just as [President Trump] said.”

Putin also noted that it was perfectly normal for the Russian public to develope a preference during the US presidential election. Candidate Trump spoke about better relations with Russia, so that led to the Russian public perceiving him as more favorable than Hillary Clinton.

“How is that unusual?” the Russian president asked.

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