No,” Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN's Fareed Zakaria when asked about Russians colluding with Trump's allies last year. “And the fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. And we are really sorry about that, ...
Denying any collaboration between the Russian government and President Donald Trumpâ€™s campaign, a Kremlin spokesman on Sunday said the U.S. is humiliating itself with its obsession over Russian meddling.
â€œThe answer is very simple. No,â€ Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNNâ€™s Fareed Zakaria when asked about Russians colluding with Trump's allies last year. â€œAnd the fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. And we are really sorry about that, because this â€” the whole situation takes us away from the perspective of getting our relationship to a better condition.â€Story Continued Below
The U.S. intelligence community identified Russia as the culprit behind a series of cyberattacks during the presidential election, concluding that the Kremlin sought to help Trump win the White House over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Peskov, who insisted Vladimir Putin's government has no intentions of interfering in the domestic affairs of another country, said the Kremlin has all of a sudden become a â€œnightmareâ€ for the U.S., which he suggested is now humiliating itself.
â€œWe sincerely cannot understand why American people and American politicians started the process of self-humiliation. Youâ€™re self-humiliating yourself, saying that a country can intervene in your election process,â€ he said, adding that it would be â€œsimply impossibleâ€ for the Kremlin to easily influence an election of â€œthe most powerful country in the worldâ€ with its â€œvery, very stable political traditions.â€
Congressional committees have launched Russia-related probes, the scope of which include possible ties between Trump associates and Russian officials.
A growing number of people with ties to Trump in recent weeks have disclosed having met with or talked to Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S., including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from any Justice Department probe related to the presidential campaign.
Peskov insisted there was nothing untoward being discussed.
â€œThis is his job. He was talking about bilateral relations,â€ Peskov said of Kislyak. â€œHe was talking about what is going on in the United States, so we have a better understanding in Moscow. This is what is being performed by every ambassador of Russia abroad, every ambassador of the United States abroad, including in Moscow.â€
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