Putin seemed unperturbed by Kelly's suggestion that he was unaware of the hacking.
He told the host of World Order 2018, 'This is called reciprocal strike.
"Maybe they are not even Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews, but with Russian citizenship, which should also be checked; maybe they have dual citizenship of a green card; maybe the USA paid them for this".
Russian Federation also said it was ready to begin work on its notorious "Satan 2" missile, which can carry 10 thermonuclear warheads, enough to devastate an entire country. "There are 146 million Russians, so what?"
The Kremlin has ramped up measures designed for a nuclear war with the West - upgrading bomb shelters and dusting off Soviet-era civil defence plans.
David Corn and Michael Isikoff, who was the White House cybersecurity coordinator in the Obama administration, are claiming that Susan Rice, the National Security adviser at the time, ordered him to "knock it off" when he and others tried to plan a counterstrike against Russian Federation for their meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Putin said Russian Federation is ready for negotiations at any moment and hoped the United States would also be ready to do that. Kelly asked in the interviewed that aired Friday night.More news: Trump fails to evade climate change lawsuit filed by 21 youths
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"Are we the ones who imposed sanctions on the United States?" he asked. "I couldn't care less". We don't see what goal we can reach by doing something like that.
US intelligence chiefs last month said Russian attempts to meddle in USA politics are continuing unabated and pose a threat to mid-term congressional elections in November.
"He understands that if it is necessary to establish a cooperative relationship with someone, then you have to treat your current or potential partner with respect", he said.
Putin also slammed the crippling sanctions the US has imposed on Moscow in light of the activity. "Engaging in mutual accusations and insults, this is a road to nowhere".
At his morning staff meeting, Daniel matter-of-factly said to his team that it had to stop work on options to counter the Russian attack: "We've been told to stand down".
America's leading intelligence agencies concluded past year that Putin himself had directed a broad intelligence effort to influence the U.S. election to undermine Clinton's campaign and boost Trump's chances, but Trump has repeatedly denied colluding with Moscow.
"Listen, let's sit down calmly, talk and figure things out", he said.