Russia President Vladimir Putin on Friday accused the United States of having engaged in "crude and systematic interference" in Russian affairs for many years.
Russia's long-time premier argued that "worldwide there are not so many countries that have the privilege of sovereignty."
Putin cited India and China, alongside his own country, as nations that had been able to maintain their national sovereignty.
When asked about such reports at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Putin rejected such allegations as "hysteria."
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