Putin says Russia and the US should make a deal to stop meddling in each other’s elections

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an end to election meddling in a statement released Friday. 
  • The suggestion comes as a part of a "comprehensive program" meant to enhance and strengthen the relationship between the two countries, according to the statement. 
  • Lawmakers learned earlier this year that Russia was taking steps to influence the votes in this year's presidential election.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday called for a truce between the United States and Russia, asking for both countries to agree not to meddle in this year's elections. 

In a statement, Putin wrote that he proposes "to exchange, in a mutually acceptable format, guarantees of non-intervention into internal affairs of each other, including into electoral processes, inter alia, by means of the ICTs and high-tech methods."

The suggestion is part of a "comprehensive program" meant to enhance and strengthen the relationship between the two countries, according to the statement. 

"These measures are aimed at building up trust between our States, promoting security and prosperity of our peoples," Putin said in the statement. "They will significantly contribute to ensuring global peace in the information space."

Despite evidence presented by US intelligence, Russia did not admit to interfering in the 2016 presidential election in the statement released Friday. 

The National Security Council, which advises President Donald Trump on foreign policy, did not immediately return a request for comment from Business Insider. 

But in a statement to the New York Times, NSC spokesperson John Ullyot said Putin's statement is hard to take seriously "when Russia, China, Iran, and others have sought to undermine our election process."

"It is possible that this offer is a further effort by Russia to create divisions in the United States,'' Ullyot said.

While over the last four years, multiple government agencies — including the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, and the Senate Intelligence Committee — have presented reports that support the conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russian attempts to subvert US democracy.

Earlier this year, lawmakers were warned that Russia is trying to meddle in this year's election. 

As Business Insider Tom Porter reported, CIA report has found that Putin is "probably" personally involved in a Russian bid to smear Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, according to sources who spoke to The Washington Post. The report marked the first time Putin has been identified by US intelligence as being potentially personally involved in the 2020 US election.

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