Russia Has Nothing to Do With Charges Against Trump Campaign Members

Russia Has Nothing to Do With Charges Against Trump Campaign Members

Peskov, per CNN, said that "so far Russian Federation is not featured in any way in these indictments - other countries and other people are mentioned there".

The Kremlin spokesman has commented on the first charges against Donald Trump presidential campaign former members in the wake of the indictment of Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called allegations of the country trying to influence elections in the USA and elsewhere "fantasies".

"Therefore, these excuses about secrecy, frankly, are simply ridiculous for people who make such serious accusations against us", Lavrov said.

"I've already heard we'll soon be not only interfering in elections, but also manipulating the environment in order to create floods", he added.

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Mr Peskov added that accusations of Russian meddling in the election were "unfounded", and "we are observing (the situation) with interest".

He said he hoped the continuing Russian Federation investigation would not add to the "already overblown, hysterical Russophobia".

".Russian Federation does not feature in the charges that were levelled in any way".

Peskov's statement comes less than a day after two former members of the Trump presidential campaign were indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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.

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"Without any evidence, as you know, we are being accused of interfering in elections not only in the United States but also in European states", Lavrov told a meeting of business leaders in Moscow, according to the Interfax news agency.

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.

The White House and Trump have already commented on the issue, with the U.S. president saying that Manafort was accused with regard to dealings he had made "years ago", prior to becoming part of his election team.

It is the clearest evidence so far of a Trump campaign official's attempts to work with the Kremlin emerged in an indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the special counsel.

"Recently, there was an allegation that Moscow decided what minister to appoint in South Africa".

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