Putin says Olympic disqualifications are sign of U.S. meddling in Russia's elections

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads the Security Council meeting in Moscow Russia

The candidate in presidents of Russia Ksenia Sobchak asserts that it did not support the all-Russian U.S. sanctions, but only those that focus on the environment of Vladimir Putin.

"Right now, at this present moment (the time) is being agreed", Kremlin aide and former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Dmitry Ushakov told state news agency Itar-Tass on Thursday.

These statements come amid an ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, started after Donald Trump's victory, despite the fact that Moscow has repeatedly denied any interference in the election, calling the claims "groundless" and "absurd".

Last week, Russian cross-country skier Alexander Legkov was stripped of his Olympic 50-kilometre title after the IOC found him guilty of doping.

"What worries me is that the Olympic Games are due to start in February, and when is our presidential election?"

"It is a large body of ties and dependencies", he said.

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Both leaders will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the Vietnamese city of Danang.

Relations between Russian Federation and the United States have plummeted as a Washington probe has accused Trump's former campaign aides of secretly meeting Kremlin-connected officials.

"If the Americans want to interfere into the Russian elections, as Putin's narrative suggests, than going to the polls is an act of patriotic war against the aggressor", he said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, meanwhile, said that such a meeting was "still under consideration".

Putin has not said whether he will contest the March election but few analysts say they believe he will pass up the chance to extend his Kremlin term to 2024.

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