Putin's comments during a June 1 meeting with senior editors of global news agencies in St. Petersburg come amid the continuing fallout over what US intelligence says was a Kremlin-directed hacking-and-propaganda campaign to influence last year's USA presidential election.
Speaking to foreign reporters at an economic forum in St. Petersburg, the Russian leader also said the "Russo-phobic hysteria" makes it "somewhat inconvenient to work with one another or even to talk".
Western intelligence agencies have accused Russian Federation of disseminating fake news ahead of the US and French elections in the hope of getting Donald Trump and National Front leader Marine Le Pen elected.
French President Emmanuel Macron's camp claimed its networks, databases and sites had come under attack from locations inside Russian Federation in the run-up to the country's election last month.
"You need to have great internal courage, confidence in your own rightness", said Putin, who's widely expected to extend his 17-year rule in March polls.
Both also said they saw ample opportunities for bilateral cooperation in space research, with a view to using relevant technologies for the benefit of society. "Quite the opposite, we are trying to combat it inside our country", said Putin. "They are simply absolutely unprecedented by their scope, including by the quality of our interaction", the Russian leader said.
Hacks in the election included a huge theft of emails belonging to the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign team.
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"He has a fresh set of eyes", Putin said, calling his US counterpart a "straightforward person and a frank person".
The Russian leader said the U.S. will likely continue to build up its forces in the region even if North Korea agrees to curb its nuclear and missile programmes.
He further noted that Moscow's build-up in the Russian Far East, particularly the Kuril Islands in the Pacific Ocean, was not "Russia's initiative", but rather caused by concerns about the U.S. military presence in the region.
Russian Federation and India enjoyed a decades-long alliance forged during the Cold War, when the Soviet Union was New Delhi's largest trading partner, diplomatic ally and main arms supplier, providing everything from tanks to aircraft. The U.S. and the European Union have slapped Moscow with sanctions over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. "I hope that it won't go on for too long, that it won't last forever, because the realisation must come that it is counterproductive and harms everyone".
"We don't engage in that at the state level".
"Such a possibility exists", said Mr Putin.
Russian President Vladmir Putin has denied that Russia has had any involvement with hacking.
Japan claims sovereignty over four southernmost Kuril Islands, which the USSR captured during World War II.