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Putin Addresses Comey Firing While Wearing Hockey Gear: ‘We Have Nothing to Do With That’

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin / AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday discussed how the firing of FBI Director James Comey would alter relations between Russia and the United States.

The conversation with CBS News' Liz Palmer came while Putin was walking onto the ice to play hockey in full gear.

Palmer asked how President Trump's decision to fire Comey will affect U.S.-Russia relations.

"There will be no effect. Your question looks very funny for me. Don't be angry with me. We have nothing to do with that," Putin said. "President Trump is acting in accordance with his competence and the importance with his law and Constitution."

"And what about us—why we?" Putin asked. "You see, I'm going to play hockey with hockey fans, and I invite you to do the same."

Putin's comments came shortly after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov joked about Comey's dismissal during an appearance with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington.