Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly rejected President Donald Trump's assertions that Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was involved in anything, "criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia", according to reporting by Reuters.

Putin, who has long been known as a political survivor, appears to be backing away from Trump as his political fortunes enter terminal decline.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. In 2020, intelligence agencies say Russia is doing the same. Russia has dismissed both reports.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden’s past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump’s attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.

Putin appeared less friendly towards Trump in remarks broadcast by Russian state TV on Sunday. In what may be seen by some analysts as an attempt to try to curry favour with the Biden camp, he took the time to knock down what he made clear he regarded as false allegations from Trump about the Bidens.

Putin also reacted with visible irritation when asked about comments Trump has made concerning Putin’s ties to the former mayor of Moscow, and to an alleged payment made to Hunter Biden by the ex-mayor’s widow. Putin said he knew nothing about the existence of any commercial relationship between Hunter and the woman. Joe Biden says the accusation about his son is not true.

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