March 30, 2017 / 12:16 PM / 5 months ago

Putin says Russia has many friends in the United States

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting on an integrated development of the Arctic at a military base in Alexandra Land in remote Arctic islands of Franz Josef Land, Russia March 29, 2017. Picture taken March 29, 2017.Sergei Karpukhin

ARKHANGELSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his country had many friends in the United States and that its troubled relations with Washington would get back on track at some point.

Putin denied that Russia had interfered in last year's U.S. presidential election and said contacts that Russian diplomats had made in the United States were merely part of their routine work.

Allegations to the contrary were "lies" and "provocations," he said.

Reporting by Oksana Kobzeva; Writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Andrew Osborn

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