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No evidence Russian Federation interfered in USA election - Sergei Lavrov

No evidence Russian Federation interfered in USA election - Sergei Lavrov

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

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

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.

When CNN asked about Papadopoulos, the network reported Peskov said "this is like a meeting with the children of Lieutenant Schmidt", and that "t$3 his is a completely laughable accusation, a laughable statement, unqualified (statement), again, unfounded, unsubstantiated, and this is how we treat it". 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. 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.

"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 Interfax agency quoted Lavrov as telling a briefing at the Association of European Businesses in Russian Federation.

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

The second indictment concerned former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who admitted to making a false statement to FBI investigators who asked about his contacts with foreigners claiming to have high-level Russian connections.

Papadopoulos also told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that he tried to arrange meetings between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

The findings surfaced amid an investigation by US Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

The President has repeatedly questioned whether Russian Federation played any role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and other schemes to influence the election process.

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