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Putin Praises Trump Ties and Says Biden May Not Be Bad Too

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Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Oct. 6.

Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Oct. 6.

Photographer: Alexey Druzhnin/AFP via Getty Images

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Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump for improving U.S.-Russia ties and said he also saw grounds for cooperation with a Joe Biden administration, while mocking claims he’s meddling in the presidential election.

Allegations of Russia’s “supposed hyperactivity” in trying to influence the U.S. elections are “completely unfounded,” Putin said in a state TV interview broadcast Wednesday, his 68th birthday. Still, he joked, the accusations helped Russia’s image by demonstrating “our incredible influence and power.”