"They can be in Russian Federation, in Asia...even in America, Latin America".
Mr Putin denied the hackers were from Russian Federation or swayed the USA election in favour of Donald Trump.
Putin, in an exclusive interview with Kelly, insisted the hackers could have come from "anywhere" and then they could have - in a savvy and professional way - shifted the blame to make it look like Russian Federation was behind the hacking.
During an interview with the news network's Megyn Kelly, Putin stated through the NBC News translator: "Hackers can be anywhere". By some calculations it was convenient for them to release this information, so they released it, citing Russian Federation.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin has again denied that the Russian government intervened in the 2016 US presidential race, suggesting Friday that American hackers - and perhaps the Central Intelligence Agency - could have framed Russia.
During the interview, Putin issued a flat denial to Kelly that Russian Federation had done anything to tamper with election results - but acknowledged that "patriotic" hackers might have been responsible for other, similar attacks on global democracy.
The Russian president also accused the US and its allies of seeking to monopolize power and prevent the emergence of a multi-polar world by countering his country's efforts to assert itself on the global stage.
On Thursday, Putin, speaking to reporters seemed to suggest that "patriotic" Russian hackers could have been involved in the cyberattacks as "a fair contribution to the struggle against those who speak ill of Russia".
In the clip, Kelly asks Putin about Russia's purported attempts to influence the 2016 election.