President Obama said Tuesday that Russia's suspected attempts to influence the U.S. election would not significantly affect the U.S.-Russian relationship.
"If in fact Russia engaged in this activity, it's just one on a long list of issues that me and Mr. Putin talk about," Obama said during a White House press conference. "So I don't think that it wildly swings what is a tough, difficult relationship that we have with Russia right now."
He told reporters that the cyber problem is widespread, with "a lot of countries" trying to "hack into our stuff," but that the administration is strengthening U.S. cyber security measures and is building a collective understanding with other nations of what constitutes acceptable behavior.
"We are trying to promote international norms and rules that say there are certain things that states should not be doing to each other when it comes to cyber attacks," Obama said. "There are certain things that are out of bounds."
The president said that Russia's suspected attack would not impede attempts to cooperate with the Kremlin inside Syria, a move that defense officials and lawmakers are skeptical of.
Nor, he said, would the possibility of a Russian breach prevent America from continuing to persuade "Russia and those separatists to lay down arms and stop bullying Ukraine."
Thousands of emails from the Democratic party's computer servers appeared on WikiLeaks ahead of the Democratic National Convention last week. As a result, a score of DNC officials, including DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and chief executive Amy Dacey, resigned.
Experts have claimed that Russia was behind the hack, though the Kremlin has denied those allegations.
The FBI is currently investigating the breach.