Russian Foreign Minister refutes US, EU election interference claims

Russian Foreign Minister refutes US, EU election interference claims

Russian Foreign Minister refutes US, EU election interference claims

Lavrov's comments come after a special prosecutor's probe into Russia's possible meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential ties between the Trump campaign team and the Kremlin enters new territory. In particular, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged on 12 counts, including "conspiracy against the US" and money laundering and later placed under house arrest.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power.

That was welcomed in Russia, where officials are watching the investigation closely since public evidence of Russian meddling, something that has not so far been presented, would be sure to translate into tougher US sanctions against Moscow.

There is no evidence of Russia's interference in United States elections, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said yesterday, after the first charges were filed in the United States against former aides of the Trump campaign.

That assertion is challenged by USA intelligence agencies who say unequivocally that Moscow did interfere in the November 2016 vote.

Answering questions from CNN on a conference call, Peskov said, "So far Russian Federation is not featured in any way in these indictments - other countries and other people are mentioned there".

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday that the BuzzFeed news portal has published information about alleged contacts between a Trump campaign staffer and "a contact person from the Russian Foreign Ministry".

"Moscow never felt itself guilty so as to feel exonerated now", he added.

According to documents issued by the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Papadopoulos, while serving as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, maintained contacts with a certain professor from London and a female Russian citizen allegedly connected to the country's leadership.

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.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the indictments released Monday provided no evidence of Russian meddling.

Timofeev did not respond to a request for comment, but told the online news portal in August that Papadopoulos had emailed him in the spring of 2016 and spoken about the possibility of organising a Trump trip to Russian Federation.

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