Russia: Mueller charges show no proof of election meddling

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "so far Russian Federation doesn't figure in any way in these charges which have been made" and that Russian Federation hopes that they do not feed "hysteria".

Moscow has always denied playing any role in the 2016 presidential election, and has portrayed the investigation into Russian interference as an attempt by US President Donald Trump's opponents to cover up for the election defeat of Hillary Clinton.

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".

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

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has refuted the claims that they interfered in the United States or the European Union elections, saying that the allegations are groundless and without any proof. They pleaded not guilty to conspiracy against the United States, money laundering and several other charges after the indictments in the Russian Federation probe were unsealed.

On Monday Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and another former aide appeared in court.

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Lavrov told a briefing at the association of European business in Russian Federation on Tuesday morning that his government has also been accused of meddling in elections in the USA and Europe.

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Peskov also brushed aside any suggestion that someone with links to the Russian Foreign Ministry might have tried to set up a meeting with the Trump campaign through a third ex-aide, George Papadopoulos, who it was announced on Monday pleaded guilty in early October to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 has repeatedly denied any attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election that brought Trump to power. "Recently, Moscow has been accused of making decisions on which minister to appoint in the Republic of South Africa", Russia's senior diplomat said at the press-conference, adding: "Fantasy has no limits".

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