Tensions between the US and Russia have been high as of late due to the White house and media shaping public opinion by marginalizing Russia.
US intelligence officials last week accused the Russian government of being behind a series of hacks which targeted the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Clinton camp has pointed the finger at Putin as the source of the problems it has faced over the leaks practically since the first batch of documents was released. Russia denies any involvement in the cyberattacks.
“They caused this [anti-Russian] hysteria with a sole goal to distract the public from the essence of what the hackers leaked,” Putin said at an economic forum in Moscow, referring to the hacking allegations.
“It’s basically a way of manipulating public opinion, but for some reason nobody discusses that. They only talk about who did it.”