0825 GMT January 21, 2018
On Thursday, four Russian cross-country skiers were found guilty of doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In all, six Russian skiers have been found guilty by an International Olympics Committee commission, The Independent reported.
Putin noted that international sports organizations have a complex mix of “relationships and dependencies.” He said, “The controlling stake is in the United States,” where sponsors and television broadcasters are concentrated.
“In response to our alleged interference in their elections, they want to create problems during the election of the president of Russia,” he said.
Putin has not announced whether he will run for another term in the March 18 election.
Russian officials have consistently denied involvement in efforts to interfere with or influence last year’s US presidential election, including the hacking of Democratic National Committee emails.
They have alleged that US private companies effectively act in line with Washington directives.