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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were “unacceptable” comments one of the channel’s presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly described Putin as “a killer” in the interview with Trump as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O’Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed.

“We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.

Fox News and O’Reilly did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Trump’s views on Putin are closely scrutinized in the United States where U.S. intelligence agencies have accused Moscow of having sponsored computer hacking to help Trump win office, and critics say he is too complimentary about the Russian leader.

Trump, when commenting on the allegations against Putin in the same interview, questioned how “innocent” the United States itself was, saying it had made a lot of its own mistakes. That irritated some Congressional Republicans who said there was no comparison between how Russian and U.S. politicians behaved.

Putin, in his 17th year of dominating the Russian political landscape, is accused by some Kremlin critics of ordering the killing of opponents. Putin and the Kremlin have repeatedly rejected those allegations as politically-motivated and false.

Trump, who has said he wants to try to mend battered U.S.-Russia ties and hopes he can get along with Putin, was asked a question about some of those allegations by Fox Business before he won the White House.

In January last year, after a British judge ruled that Putin had “probably” authorized the murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, Trump said he saw no evidence the Russian president was guilty.

“First of all, he says he didn’t do it. Many people say it wasn’t him. So who knows who did it?” Trump said.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova/Andrew Osborn; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

IMAGE: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a news conference after a meeting with his Moldovan counterpart Igor Dodon at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, January 17, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool

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  1. 1standlastword February 6, 2017

    Personally, I want Mr. Trump to continue his political support, adoration and respect for his alter-ego Mr. Putin.

    Why?

    Because it shows Mr. Trump in his truest light as an enemy of democracy as can be understood domestically from examining his cabinet, advisers and nominees as these individuals are the antithesis of democratic freedom.

    They, like Mr. Putin use their wealth and influence of office to suppress the People and undermine democratic principles.

    Now Mr. Spicer recommends a free press should shut up, get in line or get out. And Trump wants to know who is this “so-called” judge?! And Kellyanne prefers “alternative facts” Kremlin-esque, wouldn’t you agree??

    Mr. Putin would back up these sentiments with a pinch of polonium when a bullet would cause too much attention.

    And lets’ not look at real examples: The Nord-Ost siege, the Beslan school siege, and invasions of Chechnya, Georgia and Ukraine.

    Reply
  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 6, 2017

    Neither Putin nor Trump have a leg to stand on when it comes to integrity. Which makes Vlad totally incompetent to talk about what is true and what is conjecture or a lie—something he should have been smart enough to have realized before daring to criticize someone re: veracity.
    The same apples to Trump, and the two of them together still have negative credibility, even if they pooled their deficit of truthfulness together.
    Trump should have realized right on the spot in the interview with O’Reilly that if the latter had more clarity about Putin than he, then Donald should go on a retreat to a monastery and rethink about what an idiot he’s making of himself on the world stage.

    Reply
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  8. Godzilla February 6, 2017

    This isn’t me but worth a read anyway:

    An Open Letter RegardingTrump and Putin

    This Open Letter is addressed to certain Senators and Members of
    Congress including Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch
    McConnell, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Marco Rubio, and Congresswoman Liz
    Cheney in the wake of comments they made over the weekend.

    Dear Senators and Members of Congress:

    Trumped Again!

    Thank God for President Trump’s honesty.

    In your coordinated weekend expressions of outrage over the
    President’s comments regarding Putin

    and Russia, you are correct about one thing: there is
    no “moral equivalence” between the conduct of Russia under Vladimir
    Putin and the behavior of the United States during the quarter of a
    century that has elapsed since the Soviet Union collapsed. Putin wins
    that contest every time and it is not even close.

    Since then, the United States has
    violently overthrown governments and invaded, bombed, and occupied
    territories in more than a dozen countries stretching from the Balkans,
    across North Africa, throughout the Middle East
    and up into the Ukraine. During the same period, Russia has attacked no
    other nation despite a blizzard of propaganda to the contrary emanating
    from the bi-partisan U.S. War Party and its allies in Establishment
    media organs.

    During the last 25 years, the United States has caused the deaths of
    more than a million people in sovereign nations that have not attacked
    us including hundreds of thousands of non-combatant men, women and
    children. This trail of bloody carnage runs through the
    former Yugoslavia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Pakistan,
    the
    Ukraine, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria (among others) and continues to this
    day. In contrast, Russia has conducted itself with
    admirable restraint despite the most recent United States’ aggression in
    which the United States organized, funded, and directed the violent
    overthrow of Ukraine’s
    democratically-elected government and inserted a puppet
    regime in its place in February of 2014. Senator John McCain and Hillary
    Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State, Victoria Nuland, were intimately
    and directly involved in that putsch.

    Just to be clear, I am no peacenik. I believe defense of the nation is
    the Federal Governmen’s primary responsibility. I am a veteran of five
    years active duty service with the 1st Cavalry Division, the 7th
    Infantry Division, and the XVIII Airborne Corps. I am a small
    businessman and the father of five grown children, two of whom were
    career military men. I despise Marxism, Socialism, and collectivism of
    all sorts and for most of my life have considered myself to be a
    conservative Republican. That self-identification ended when I finally
    realized that the Republican Party and the Washington Defense and
    Diplomatic establishment had been subverted by an insane empire-building
    neoconservative cult during the Clinton administration.

    The hypocrisy that underlies your constant efforts to demonize Russia
    and Iran is disgusting and transparently obvious. For murderous thugs
    like you who have been constant cheer leaders to Washington’s bloody
    banditry and are implicit in it to presume to lecture the President of
    any other country about his conduct is enough to make one vomit. I only
    hope the American people awaken quickly enough bring you and your
    fellow war criminals to justice before you ignite the Great War you are
    working so hard to foment.

    Sincerely,

    Frank J. Brady

    CC: President Donald Trump

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    1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

      Nobody cares, traitor.

      Reply
        1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

          OK sorry you couldn’t come up with your own reply

          Reply
    2. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

      Honesty of buffoonery!

      Reply
  9. Dan S February 6, 2017

    Let’s not mince words Russia. Putin is a killer and Fox is not well respected they’re just a mouthpiece for the extreme right. Given the opportunity Trump too will find a way to kill his political enemies which is why he’s a danger to this nation every day he sits in the WhiteHouse bloviating. I almost killed my TV when he came on earlier. I’m sure new TV sales are going thru the roof and has nothing to with the Super Bowl. If I seem off topic it’s because I’ve seen too much Trump and I’m slowly losing my sanity ????

    Reply
    1. Godzilla February 6, 2017

      I’m sure you can find a rope…..you know what to do, put yourself out of our misery.

      Reply
      1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

        Reported.

        Reply
        1. Godzilla February 6, 2017

          Like I care!

          Reply
          1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Of course you don’t care. You despise America.

            Reply
          2. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            What’s tha matter Little Boy, can’t debate so you attack because your a parrot monkey. Just repeat what you read and throw poop when people don’t agree. Classic loser Liberal jackoff.

            Reply
          3. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            See previous post.

            Reply
          4. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            See previous two posts.

            Reply
  10. Thomas Martin February 6, 2017

    If Putin thinks Fox owes him an apology, the network should apologize to the American people for all the lies perpetrated by people like Hannity and others. Pathetic.

    Reply
    1. Godzilla February 6, 2017

      What lies Thomas? Prove your nonsense.

      Reply
      1. Thomas Martin February 6, 2017

        I don’t have to prove anything to you. I could spend a fortune explaining and it would fall on deaf ears and the echo chamber you have for a brain. Have a nice day, Godzilla.

        Reply
        1. Godzilla February 6, 2017

          I see, your a liar, like the rest of your ilk.

          Reply
          1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            *you’re. Also not where a comma goes.

            I see you’re an illiterate, just the rest of your ilk.

            Reply
          2. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Sorry but I have media switched off for you. Your HILARIOUS Stormfront meme that someone else made is – as usual – being ignored.

            Also you are a traitor, traitor.

            Reply
          3. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            You couldn’t hold my veteran jockstrap Little Boy. Your a Communist coward.

            Reply
          4. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Sorry I don’t speak Russian

            Reply
          5. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            OK sorry that you still keep posting images I can’t see. Maybe you should lie about being a veteran more or something, that’s hilarious.

            Reply
          6. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            See previous post.

            Reply
          7. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 6, 2017

            What sort of drugs are you taking? Are you able to form a cogent paragraph?

            Reply
          8. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

            You prove my point. You are one of THE DEPLORABLES among us. You are always right. Everybody else is always wrong.Good luck!

            Reply
          9. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            Little Boy loser. Did mommy get you your after school snack and bring it to you?

            Reply
          10. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            I love that you’re having this meltdown because I was meeeeeean about Putin.

            Treason can be hilarious.

            Reply
          11. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            You melted when Clinton was and is a proven murderer. You started it Little Boy. I know, hard for the infantile to accept reality that don’t fit in their little brainwashed minds. Call for mommy to bring your snack now Little Boy, you’ll feel better. Tough day in 5th grade class.

            Reply
          12. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            HAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA OH GOOD LORD I FORGOT YOU WERE A CLINTON BODY COUNTER

            Just when I can’t think you can’t get stupider!

            Reply
          13. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            Just the one she admitted too. You really are a f-ing idiot.

            Reply
          14. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

            Reply
          15. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            So gloriously stupid, and so totally delusional. Never change, Nazi (don’t worry, you can’t).

            Reply
          16. Vocalic Scissors February 8, 2017

            I thought the Communists just helped you win? You must be wearing the antenna provided by Putin. He is twisting your mind and that of your dear Comrade Leader Donald J. Trump.

            Reply
          17. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Also, *you’re.

            (PS: it’s weird that you call other people Communist while being a member of Putin’s harem)

            Reply
          18. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            Never met him, bet guarantee he more of man than you will ever be….Little Boy

            Reply
          19. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Sorry you can’t write a coherent (let alone correctly punctuated) sentence in your own native language! It’s because you’re super stupid.

            Reply
          20. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            OK Little Boy, whatever you say. Have your mommy get you a grape soda, you had a tough day in your 5th time at 8th grade.

            Reply
          21. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            See previous post.

            Reply
          22. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            See previous two posts.

            Reply
          23. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            Also way to stand up for an anti-American dictator, traitor.

            Reply
          24. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 6, 2017

            Einstein—The word is ” you’re”, the contraction of “you are”.
            Tell the komrades to supply you with an updated lexicon.

            Reply
          25. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

            Really! You are a veteran? And you called the death of Gaddafi a political killing by Hillary? Weren’t you around when the Libyan rebels killed him, not the US? How patriotic can you be when you agree with Vladimir Putin?

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          26. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

            oh, now i see why you support o’bozo. it’s crystal CLEAR

            Reply
          27. Vocalic Scissors February 7, 2017

            O’bozo? Who is that?

            Reply
          28. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

            Donald John Trump 2016 BABY. BILLARY And her lying dog crap eating husband lost. #makeamericagreatagain. Donald John Trump 2017 BABY.

            GOD BLESS Charlotte PD, George Zimmerman, Officer Wilson, Baltimore PD, all PD and NYPD. True American HEROS. Justice was SERVED BABY.

            Ted Nugent is Killing and Grilling BABY.

            Deport all the Mexi’s and Mussie’s

            #whiteandcopslivesmatter
            #womanneedtostartcleaning
            #liberalsarepussygrabbers

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          29. Vocalic Scissors February 7, 2017

            o’bozo, you must be referring to George Zimmerman picking a fight that he cannot win without a gun!

            Reply
          30. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

            Can you only read magazines with picture? Pick up the New York Times!

            Reply
      2. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

        Why would an unpatriotic traitor think they were in a position to demand other people do things? Baffling.

        Reply
        1. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

          unpatriotic???? That’s you douche bag.

          Reply
          1. I Am Helpy February 7, 2017

            Sorry, but I keep telling you I don’t speak Russian, Ivan.

            Reply
      3. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

        Barack Hussein Obama is not an American citizen! That’s just one.

        Reply
        1. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

          and DJT is gonna deport his ass.

          Reply
    2. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

      Hey Thomas, I have Late Breaking News- Fat Slob Billary clinton will NOT be President

      Reply
      1. Vocalic Scissors February 7, 2017

        Did you just wake up from a slumber in your survivalist bunker with no access to short wave?

        Reply
        1. FrancesPoo February 7, 2017

          have you heard the news? oh fat slob Billary will NOT be President. But guess who is, my Donald John Trump- Go Donald GOOOOOOO BABY- FU

          Reply
          1. Vocalic Scissors February 7, 2017

            Redundant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            Childish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

            Reply
      2. Thomas Martin February 7, 2017

        Conway disagrees, this is an alternate-fact, the real Pres. is Frances Poo

        Reply
      3. Thomas Martin February 10, 2017

        I know you love Brietbart. Hey, if you get rid of the tin-foil hat and underlying conehead you probably would still outweigh Hillary by 300 lbs.

        Reply
  11. bobnstuff February 6, 2017

    Doesn’t Putin know that Fox isn’t a news station. This is entertainment so he can’t expect them to apologies. He’s just not uses to a free press. The amazing thing is in this case Fox was probably tell the truth.

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    1. Godzilla February 6, 2017

      Putin is a killer. So when Hillary Clinton said (with a big grin) “We saw, We came and He Died” speaking of Qadaffi, what does that make her?

      Reply
      1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

        Hmmmmm yesss that … isn’t worth responding to. You are a traitor.

        Reply
          1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

            OK good job copy-pasting something that some other Nazi made

            Reply
          2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 6, 2017

            Yes, your case is closed. In the meantime, finish your high school education, broaden your horizons, expand your vocabulary, and please get a job.

            Reply
          3. Godzilla February 6, 2017

            Oh look, another dick has arrived. One of Helpy’s fellow 5th graders. Cool, did your mommy get your grape soda and twinkies?

            What’s the matter, don’t like it when others treat you as you treat them? DICK.

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      2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 6, 2017

        Wrong question, Einstein. The article is about Putin—NOT Hillary. Please learn to read, I beg of you. Also, Incorrect analysis on your part, and a general lazy approach to thinking critically could use vast improvement.

        Let me know if you need assistance

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      3. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

        Putin kills his political opponents. He jails journalists. He silences critics. He syphons most of Russian assets to enrich himself. Muammar Gaddafi is a sponsor of terrorism. There is no moral equivalency between Vladimir Putin and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Hillary is a hero if she killed Gaddafi. If you don’t think so, you are one of THE DEPLORABLE among us!

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      4. bobnstuff February 6, 2017

        And who cares about Clinton? Do you doubt the fact that Putin offed some people he didn’t like?

        Reply
  12. Godzilla February 6, 2017

    Well, I thought that today I could get an adult conversation with a Liberal or two, but I Am Helpy proved me wrong……again. Guess what guys, the adults are running things now, so retire your binkies, grow the heck up. Have a nice day kids!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/768c53de3b6dfe943bebcbcca55aaf0b36fcc8e9d008b1e96bbed02055f6daae.jpg

    Reply
    1. I Am Helpy February 6, 2017

      OK sorry that nobody cares about your delicate Nazi fee-fees, petal.

      Reply
  13. Vocalic Scissors February 6, 2017

    Hello comrade Putin! Don’t keep your fingers crossed. You are a fucking killer. You syphon away Russia wealth while the average Bolshevik is going hungry. We will send you some “Bush Thighs” to pull through the bear winter instead of apologies. What do you say?

    Reply

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