Kremlin: Report of Putin Meddling in U.S. Election is ‘Nonsense’

Moscow, The Kremlin has dismissed as “nonsense” media reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in trying to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“I was astonished when I saw it,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said of the news report, according to Russia’s TASS news agency. “I think, this is nothing but nonsense, there is not a chance that anybody could believe that.” In Japan, where Putin was on an official visit, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also blasted the report as “ludicrous nonsense.” These statements, like any nonsense, “cannot have any grounds,” USA Today quoted the Kremlin spokesman as saying.

A report by NBC News cited two unnamed “senior U.S. intelligence officials” as saying the Russian president personally intervened in the 2016 presidential election.

New intelligence links Putin directly to the leaks from hacked Democratic National Committee emails, the officials told NBC News with “a high level of confidence.”

Source: Qatar News Agency