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Russia rejects new US reports on 'election meddling'

Iran Press TV

Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:06AM

The Kremlin has rejected two new US reports on purported Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, saying they lacked details and evidence to prove the allegation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that the reports "cannot cause anything but confusion," adding that the accusation were general and lacked details "and some of them we don't understand completely."

"They place the blame for someone being critical about the situation in certain social areas in the US on us. But it is not specified what Russia has to do with it," he said, apparently referring to the allegation that racial issues were exploited to cause division in the 2016 election.

"I can only repeat that we do not agree with these allegations; we believe they are groundless. The state of Russia... the Russian government had and has nothing to do with any kind of meddling, let alone this vaguely described interference," Peskov added.

The new reports, prepared by private experts and released by bipartisan senators on Monday, claimed that Moscow's election meddling on social media had been more widespread than previously thought and included attempts to deepen division in the US society.

Moscow has repeatedly rejected US allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election in favor of President Donald Trump, saying the allegations are part of a politically-motivated anti-Russian campaign.

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the allegations.

Trump has also repeatedly dismissed the accusations of any collusion with Moscow and has called for an end to the federal probe.

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