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    'Trump is Not Our Man, He is American Man, President of US' - Kremlin Spokesman

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    Donald Trump is not "our man", he is a US president, the Kremlin spokesman said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — It would be a mistake to assume that US President-elect Donald Trump is "our man" rather than that of the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview excerpt broadcast on Friday.

    "This is not our man. This is an American man — the president of the US," Peskov told the Vesti v Subbotu ("News on Saturday") program on Russia's Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

    Peskov warned it would be "the biggest mistake… for Western analysts and political scientists to assume that he is our man."

    Earlier in the day, Peskov said that he could not confirm yet that the consultations between the teams of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump had already begun.

    During his election campaign Trump expressed willingness to work closer with Russia and regret over the current state of the Moscow-Washington relationship.

    On January 6, the US Intelligence Community released a report saying it was very confident that Russia had meddled in the 2016 presidential election but failing to provide the proof.

    Outgoing US President Barack Obama and his Vice President Joe Biden said, at the year-end press conference and a speech at the Davos economic forum, respectively, that Russia had influenced the US election process.

    The Kremlin has repeatedly denied allegations that it had helped sway the US voters in Trump's favor, calling these accusations absurd. Trump has also denounced the allegations.

    Trump's inauguration will begin at 14:30 GMT in Washington.

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