'Russia did not meddle': Kremlin dismisses US indictments on election interference

Putin spokesman dismisses U.S. allegations of Russian election meddling.

“The indictment focuses on Russian nationals. But according to statements coming out of Washington the accusations are against the Russian state, Kremlin and the Russian government. But there are no indications that the Russian state could be involved in this, there aren’t any and there can’t be any,” Peskov told reporters in a conference call.

“Russia did not meddle, does not have the habit of meddling in the internal affairs of other countries, and is not doing so now,” he said.

In January 2017, shortly after the presidential election, a report by U.S. intelligence agencies said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at undermining presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump. We have high confidence in these judgments," the report said.