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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova in connection with the latest anti-Russia remarks from Washington

18 March 202116:15

The current US administration never ceases to surprise us with its absurd public statements. It's not just about the unseemly attacks against Russia's top officials, but also the absurd accusations of Russia's interference in last year's presidential election in the United States, in which, as you are aware, Joe Biden was the winner.

We consider this yet another fabrication which is built entirely on the groundless belief that "Russian influencers," including Donald Trump's support base if you follow this line of thinking, were behind the massive online criticism of the Democratic candidate. Meanwhile, if there was anyone who tried to "influence" the voting, it was the pro-Democratic internet juggernauts that blocked the social media accounts of the incumbent president and hundreds of thousands of his supporters.

We have to mention the obvious fact that there is no evidence of Russian government agencies' interference in US domestic affairs, something you can't say about the US officials' endless attempts to control political processes in other countries, including Russia, and to issue direct orders to marginal opposition groups in order to sow instability, discord and strife.

We clearly saw this in their response to the unauthorised demonstrations in Moscow in January, in which their organisers tried to involve even minors. Now, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has hastily posted his critical remarks on Twitter about the law enforcement agencies that suppressed an illegal gathering in Moscow on March 13, which an objectionable organisation attempted to hold in flagrant violation of the sanitary pandemic-related restrictions. In fact, the head of this foreign department not only encroached on the scope of the duties of our judicial and executive authorities, but also questioned the legality of the epidemiological restrictions during public gatherings.

Unfortunately, the United States is held captive by illusions as it strives to unleash a senseless campaign of Russophobic attacks. This only leads to further degradation of bilateral relations, which contradicts the fundamental interests of the peoples of Russia and the United States. It appears that Washington is not ready to understand the ensuing risks to peace and security.

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