Russia trying to save face, and they can’t, said Haley
Washington D.C. : After Russian President Vladimir Putin denied interfering in the 2016 U.S. election, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said that the former made the statement just to “save his face.”
“This is Russia trying to save face, and they can’t,” said Haley in an interview, as quoted by the CNN.
“Everybody knows that Russia meddled in our elections. Everybody knows that they’re not just meddling in the United States’ election. They’re doing this across multiple continents, and they’re doing this in a way that they’re trying to cause chaos within the countries,” she added.
Talking about the recent meeting of both the leaders of the U.S. and Russia at the sideline of the G-20 summit, Haley said U.S President Donald Trump wanted to look Putin “in the eye.”
“What he did was bring up right away the election meddling, and he did that for a reason,” Haley said.
“One, he wanted Putin to basically look him in the eye, let him know that, ‘Yes, we know you meddled in our elections. Yes we know you did it. Cut it out.’ And I think President Putin did exactly what we thought he would do, which is deny it,” she added.
Earlier, Putin has said that Trump “seemed satisfied” with his personal denial of meddling in the 2016 election.
Putin, in his first interview after meeting Trump, revealed that the latter asked him a number of questions regarding Russia’s interference, reported the Independent.