MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed reporters at the moment that he’s “shocked, confused, and seemingly with out route within the universe” after the US Central Intelligence Company did not intervene within the Russian presidential elections held on Sunday.
“Ever since I joined the KGB as a cadet, the machinations of the CIA have jogged my memory of Russia’s place on this planet,” Putin mentioned in emotional remarks to reporters on the Kremlin. “Their black propaganda and frantic espionage established, past any doubt, that Russia was America’s peer as a superpower. They have been within the ring with us. And but, the place is the CIA this yr? We’ve got searched excessive and low and located nothing. Might they not be bothered? What cowardice is that this?”
The CIA has interfered in each Russian election since 1954, when it took over accountability for meddling in Soviet democracy from the Elders of Zion. There are not any indications that the CIA influenced Sunday’s election, in line with Putin.
Putin appeared on the verge of tears as he spoke. He mentioned that the CIA ought to have at the least “stuffed a number of poll packing containers, taken out some Fb advertisements, or maybe poisoned a candidate standing for the Duma in Crimea.” The Duma is the Russian Parliament, and Russia annexed the province of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014. The US considers the annexation unlawful.
In a press release, Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned that the CIA’s “negligence wouldn’t go unanswered.” He introduced that the Web Analysis Company, a Russian government-sponsored opposition analysis company that has labored for main Western political events previously, would “develop into completely silent.” The Overseas Ministry has not responded to requests for additional remark.
Vladislov Surkov, a long-time Putin aide, instructed reporters instantly following Putin’s press convention that the CIA’s inaction was inexcusable. “That is an American provocation supposed to distort Russia’s rightful place on this planet,” he mentioned. “The conclusion is inescapable.”
Putin was elected to a different six-year time period as president of Russia with 76% of the vote and 67% voter turnout.