Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the destruction of passenger planes that have been reported to carry a bomb for the goal of assaulting the opening of the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.
The letter came in response to an interview Putin gave to NBC news, in which he vowed never to allow Russian citizens to be extradited, but suggested it's possible those responsible for election interference weren't ethnic Russians but Ukrainians, Tatars or Jews with Russian citizenship.
Putin responded brusquely when interviewer Megyn Kelly asked if he condoned the interference that was alleged in last month's USA indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with regional female entrepreneurs ahead of the upcoming International Women's Day during his visit to the Samara bakery and confectionery factory in Samara, Russia March 7, 2018.
"M$3 aybe they have dual citizenship of a green card; maybe the USA paid them for this". Or maybe Americans paid them for this job. How can you know that?
"I told them: act as planned", Putin admits. "To me, it absolutely makes no difference because they do not represent the government".
In Russian, Russki does not mean a citizen of Russia (the word for that is "Rossianin") but a person of Russian ethnicity.
Greenblatt also said it was "deeply disturbing to see the Russian president giving new life to classic anti-Semitic stereotypes that have plagued his country for hundreds of years".
Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democrat-Connecticut) called on world leaders to denounce "soundly and promptly" what he called Putin's "repulsive" remarks. Russian Federation denies the charges.
Mueller brought charges against the 13 nationals and three Russian entities in February over allegations of interfering in the 2016 USA presidential election.