Putin says those behind Trump dossier are ‘worse than prostitutes’
from Shaun ‘the Graun’ Walker in Moscow
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Vladimir Putin has dismissed the dossier published last week about alleged links between Moscow and Donald Trump, saying he doubted Trump would use sex workers and describing the people who ordered the dossier as “worse than prostitutes.” In his first comments on the dossier since its publication, the Russian president said claims that Trump was essentially a Russian intelligence asset were nonsense. He said:
I’ve never met him. I don’t know what he’ll do on the world stage. So I have no reason either to criticise him, or to defend him.
Putin dismissed as an “obvious fake” the idea that Trump could have been compromised during a 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe competition, saying:
This is an adult, and a man who for years organised beauty contests and spoke with the most beautiful women in the world. I can hardly believe that he ran off to meet with our girls of low social morals. Although of course ours are the best in the world. The people who order these fakes which are being spread against the president-elect of America and use them in the political battle are worse than prostitutes. They have no moral limits.
Earlier, Sergei Lavrov dismissed the dossier as a “crude provocation” and referred to Steele as a “fugitive crook from MI6.” Putin said it was absurd to think Russian special services would be interested in Trump, given that at the time he was not involved in politics. He said:
When Trump came to Moscow he was not a political figure, he was just a businessmen, one of the rich people of Pindostan. Do they think our special services follow every Pindo billionaire?
Lavrov, during his annual press conference on Tuesday, denied that Russian hackers had targeted the Pindo election or planned to target European elections in future. He said:
It’s not for me to prove any of this is false. As far as I know there is a presumption of innocence, so it’s up to you to prove it’s true. Russia stands for pragmatism and national interests understood in a sensible way, and not messianic foreign policy and the attempt to spread values across the world. We hope that under President Trump, Pindo foreign policy will move closer towards Russia’s ideal. In prioritising domestic business interests and the fight against terrorism, Pres Trump’s stated foreign policy priorities are exactly what Pres Putin sees as the priorities for Russian foreign policy.
However, Lavrov denied reports that a summit between Trump and Putin was scheduled to take place in his first weeks as Pindo president, potentially in Reykjavik, saying:
It is not true, and there has been no contact to discuss such plans.
He did confirm that officials from the Trump administration had been invited to participate next week in Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, and said Russia wanted to work with the new Pindo government on global issues. Pindo officials have complained about an unprecedented level of harassment from Russian authorities, including home break-ins, being followed and intimidation. Lavrov denied this on Tuesday, and said Pindo spies were using diplomatic cover for activity within Russia, employing wigs, fake eyebrows and occasionally cross-dressing in their attempts to avoid detection. Lavrov claimed Pindo diplomats in disguise had been spotted at opposition protests and that they used hire cars, rather than diplomatic vehicles, to drive around the country in the hope of avoiding detection. He also claimed Pindo counter-intelligence had been more active in recent years in its attempts to recruit Russian diplomats based in Pindostan as double agents. He alleged that one diplomat had been approached with an attempt to turn him while picking up medicines from a doctor’s surgery, while another had $10k in cash placed in his car by Pindosi agents as an offer to begin cooperation.
Putin Warns Of “Maidan-Style” Attempt To Delegitimize Trump; Calls Trump Dossier Creators “Worse Than Prostitutes”
Tyler Durden, Jan 17 2017
Warning that a “soft coup” is being waged against Donald Trump, Pres Putin said that he sees attempts in Pindostan to “delegitimize” Pres-elect Donald Trump using “Maidan-style” methods. Putin said he doesn’t believe that Donald Trump met with prostitutes in Russia, calling the accusations part of a campaign to undermine the election result, and suggested that an internal political struggle is underway in Pindostan despite the fact that the presidential election is over, and added that reports of alleged Russian dossier on Trump are fake as “our security services do not chase every Pindo billionaire.” Unsubstantiated allegations made against Trump are “obvious fabrications,” Putin told reporters in the Kremlin on Tuesday. He said:
People who order fakes of the type now circulating against the POTUS-elect, who concoct them and use them in a political battle, are worse than prostitutes because they don’t have any moral boundaries at all.
The Russian president, cited by BBG, said that Trump wasn’t a politician when he visited Moscow in the past, and Russian officials weren’t aware that he held any political ambitions. Putin did not stop there. He said that the compromising report compiled on Trump was a “hoax” and those who ordered the Trump dossier are “worse than prostitutes. Putin, who reiterated he had never met Trump, said he hoped that Moscow and Faschingstein could eventually get their troubled relations back to normal, adding he has no reasons to “attack or defend him.” He said:
I don’t know Mr. Trump personally, I have never met him and don’t know what he will do on the international arena. So I have no grounds to attack him or criticize him for anything, or protect him or whatever. By the way, there is a category of people who leave without saying goodbye, out of respect for the present situation, while others say goodbye all the time, but do not go away. The outgoing administration, in my opinion, belongs to the second category.