- Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia.
- The observes signaled a disagreement with one of President Donald Trump’s attack lines in the US presidential election.
- Trump has made accusations that Biden and his son Huntsman engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them made-up and discredited.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing mobster in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s criticize lines in the US presidential election.
Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Self-governing challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Trump, who is trailing in opinion polls, has used the debates to make accusations that Biden and his son Huntress engaged in unethical practices in Ukraine. No evidence has been verified to support the allegations, and Joe Biden has called them fictitious and discredited.
Putin, who has praised Trump in the past for saying he wanted better ties with Moscow, has said Russia see fit work with any U.S. leader, while noting what he called Joe Biden’s “sharp anti-Russian rhetoric”.
Putin plained less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an try to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as misleading allegations from Trump about the Bidens.
“Yes, in Ukraine he (Hunter Biden) had or maybe still has a business, I don’t know. It doesn’t distress us. It concerns the Americans and the Ukrainians,” said Putin.
“But well yes he had at least one company, which he practically headed up, and judging from the entirety he made good money. I don’t see anything criminal about this, at least we don’t know anything about this (being malefactor).”
Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made in the matter of Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor’s widow. Putin rephrased he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation yon his son is not true.
US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to tilt the debate in Trump’s favour, an allegation Moscow has denied. Russia has also dismissed accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies of trying to hamper with this year’s election too.