Kremlin dismisses claims of Russian meddling as 'hysteria'

Kremlin dismisses claims of Russian meddling as 'hysteria'

Peskov, when asked what the Kremlin made of someone linked to the Foreign Ministry allegedly trying to set up a Putin-Trump meeting, said: "It's an absolutely laughable allegation".

Months-long efforts of United States investigators to find alleged Russian collusion with President Donald Trump's campaign have led to the discovery of a "Ukrainian trail", Russia's FM Sergey Lavrov said, suggesting Washington should now investigate Kiev's role.

"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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday he saw "nothing of note" in possible contacts between US President Donald Trump's former campaign staffer George Papadopoulos with representatives of Russian academic centers.

"We refuted this from the very beginning and we refute this now", Dmitry Peskov told journalists at a regular briefing.

Mr Peskov added that accusations of Russian meddling in the election were "unfounded", and "we are observing (the situation) with interest". From what we have read in the media and seen in the participants' statements to the process, Russian Federation does not appear in the charges that have been brought forward, other countries and people are appearing there.

Speaking at a meeting of the Association of European Businesses in Moscow, Lavrov said there is not "a single piece of evidence" that Russian Federation intervened in elections in Western countries, including the US. A former business associate of Manafort's, Richard Gates, pleaded not guilty to the five charges he faces.

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Meanwhile, a former foreign policy adviser for Trump's campaign, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty also on Tuesday to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russian Federation.

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 appeared to support far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in May's French presidential election.

Mueller is looking at the interference to determine if the Trump campaign colluded in any way.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says allegations that Moscow played a hand in President Jacob Zuma's recent Cabinet reshuffle are fantasy.

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