Kremlin denies charges against Trump officials prove election meddling

  • Kremlin denies charges against Trump officials prove election meddling

Kremlin denies charges against Trump officials prove election meddling

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the indictments released Monday provided no evidence of Russian meddling.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied claims that his country tried to influence election in the USA and Europe. The statement came after charges were filed in the U.S. against former aides of the Trump campaign.

"Without a single piece of proof, we are as you know being accused of meddling not only in the USA election, but also in those in European states", the agency quoted Lavrov as telling a briefing at the Association of European Businesses in Russian Federation.

There are reports that "we don't just interfere in elections, we manipulate the weather and bring about floods", Lavrov quipped.

On Monday a man accused of plotting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin was injured and his wife killed in an attack outside Kyiv. In particular, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged on 12 counts, including "conspiracy against the US" and money laundering and later placed under house arrest.

That ignored the guilty plea of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadapolous, whose admission that he lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about his contacts with Russians, and about his multiple attempts to set up meetings between Russian interests and the Trump campaign, was unsealed Monday.

The White House has denied collusion with Russia for several months, although court documents released on Monday reveal new evidence emerged of a plot by Papadopoulos to arrange a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on behalf of the future U.S. president.

Mr Peskov dismissed a question as to whether the charges against Mr Papadopoulos provided proof that Russian officials had tried to meddle in the U.S. elections.

Lavrov then referenced an "allegation" of Russian meddling in the recent reshuffling of the South African Cabinet.

Trump has yet again reiterated that there was "no collusion" between his team and Russia, a claim also strongly denied by Russian officials with the Kremlin describing the allegations as "absurd".

Trump said in July that Russian Federation "could well have interfered", but that "nobody knows for sure".

"In general, there is no limit to fantasy", he said, according to Reuters.