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Meddling in United States poll 'fantasies' - Russian Federation

07 November 2017

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Tuesday that indictments against former Trump campaign aides "contribute to already over-the-top Russophobic hysteria" and said allegations of contacts with Russian officials are "unfounded" and "unsubstantiated".

Lavrov's comments come after a special prosecutor's probe into Russia's possible meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election and potential ties between the Trump campaign team and the Kremlin enters new territory.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov highlighted the absence of allegations against Russian Federation in the indictment against Manafort and Gates, saying on Tuesday that Moscow had always said it had never interfered in the US election.

"Kiev "has information" about the 2016 USA presidential election", Lavrov told a news briefing.

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Peskov added: "Any accusation that has been put forward in some internal USA investigation against USA citizens has nothing to do with us". They pleaded not guilty to conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other charges after the indictments in the Russian Federation probe were unsealed.

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.

"It has even been mentioned somewhere that we are not only going to interfere in all the elections, but also will manipulate the environment to create floods", Lavrov said at a meeting with the Association of European Businesses on Tuesday.

Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates were charged with conspiracy and money laundering related to lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

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The US intelligence community is in agreement that Russian Federation meddled in the presidential election.

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.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any attempt to influence the 2016 election.

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Peskov said that Moscow has consistently denied any involvement in attempts to interfere in the U.S. elections since allegations were first brought to the attention of Russian officials.

Meddling in United States poll 'fantasies' - Russian Federation