Kremlin dismisses claims of Russian meddling as 'hysteria'

07 November, 2017, 00:48 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that "so far Russian Federation doesn't figure in any way in these charges which have been made".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied claims that his country tried to influence election in the USA and Europe.

"I've already heard we'll soon be not only interfering in elections, but also manipulating the environment in order to create floods", he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman and Russia's foreign minister on Tuesday dismissed news of the indictment of two former Trump campaign officials, and the guilty plea of a third.

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"Therefore, these excuses about secrecy, frankly, are simply ridiculous for people who make such serious accusations against us", Lavrov said.

Peskov added: "Any accusation that has been put forward in some internal USA investigation against USA citizens has nothing to do with us".

On Monday Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and another former aide appeared in court. From what we have read in the media and seen in the participants' statements to the process, Russian Federation does not appear in the charges that have been brought forward, other countries and people are appearing there.

Moreover, George Papadopolous, an worldwide energy lawyer, who, according to the White House, had an " extremely limited role" in the Trump campaign, has pleaded guilty over lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over alleged ties to Russian Federation.

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"Without a single piece of proof, we are as you know being accused of meddling not only in the USA election, but also in those in European states", the agency quoted Lavrov as telling a briefing at the Association of European Businesses in Russian Federation.

Mr Papadopoulos's plea agreement, signed earlier this month and unsealed Monday, described extensive efforts to try to broker connections with Russian officials and arrange a meeting between them and the Trump campaign.

The charges are the first from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States presidential election and are not directly tied to the Trump himself.

The findings surfaced amid an investigation by US Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

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Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any attempt to influence the 2016 election. "Recently, Moscow has been accused of making decisions on which minister to appoint in the Republic of South Africa", Russia's senior diplomat said at the press-conference, adding: "Fantasy has no limits".

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