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    The latest media reports regarding alleged contacts between the team of US President Donald Trump with Russian intelligence and diplomats evidence yet again of domestic games and bargaining in the country, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – On Tuesday, The New York Times newspaper reported, pointing at phone records and intercepted calls, that members of Trump’s presidential campaign and several associates contacted Russian intelligence services and members of the government.

    "The issue is what this proves yet again, what we spoke of before. Intra-US bargaining, games are taking place. You can call it anything you want," Zakharova told a briefing.

    Donald Trump has repeatedly refuted reports about having any relations with Russia.

    He has been calling for a political dialogue with Moscow, particularly in regards to the fight against terrorism, and expressed readiness to build positive relations with Russia. Moscow has long been promoting the idea of fruitful cooperation with Washington.

    After the leaders' phone talks on January 28, the Kremlin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the presidents had noted the importance of respect in relations.

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