‘Show Us the Evidence’: Russia’s Foreign Minister Dismisses Election Interference Allegations
During a joint press conference in Moscow with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.
“As far as the argument that the U.S. has inconvertible evidence that we intervened in the U.S. Presidential campaign, I have to say once again that not a single fact has been confirmed. Who saw those facts we don’t know.” Lavrov said, via translation. “We don’t know. Nobody has shown us anything. And we have said to them ‘Show us the evidence for these slanderous attacks.'”
Lavrov seemed to speculate that any interference might have been the work of people looking to disturb the U.S.-Russia relationship.
“I know that there are numerous culprits of people who want to subvert our relations… that is not the issue. Let us look at that,” Lavrov said, via translation. “Give us the evidence and let us respond.”
Tillerson was also asked about the interference allegations. He sidestepped the question, focusing instead the larger issue of cyberterrorism, but he did say at one point that the matter is “fairly well-established in the United States” and “serious enough to attract additional sanctions.”
Watch Lavrov’s remarks above, via CNN.
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