Kremlin dismisses claims on Russia’s meddling in US elections as unfounded
The Kremlin considers the claims on Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2020 US presidential elections as unfounded, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Office of the Director of National Intelligence published the intelligence community assessment on foreign threats to the 2020 US federal elections. Among other things, the US report claims that the Russian authorities allegedly attempted to denigrate incumbent president Joe Biden and his Democratic Party during last year’s election campaign. The US authorities will impose sanctions based on those findings, the document says.
Russia has never interfered in US elections, Peskov told reporters. "We disagree with the report’s conclusions concerning our country," the Russian presidential spokesman said. "Russia did not interfere in the previous elections, and did not meddle with the 2020 elections to which the report refers," Peskov stressed. "Russia was not involved in campaigns against any of the candidates," he added.
"We consider that this report is wrong," the Kremlin spokesman said. "It is absolutely unfounded and has no proof," he emphasized.
The Kremlin regrets that unfounded claims on Russia’s "meddling" in the US presidential elections, which are based on poor quality files, are used as a reason for possible new sanctions, Peskov told reporters.
"In general, we can only once again voice regret that such files - which are far from being of high quality - are used, most likely, as an excuse to put on the agenda the issue of new sanctions against our country," Peskov said.
According to him, "this line hurts the already ailing Russian-US relations." "And, of course, such a line is far from encouraging at least some efforts, the manifestation of at least some political will to normalize these relations," Peskov stated.