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    The Kremlin spokesman reiterated that Moscow does not interfere in internal affairs of other states and said Russia does not want to enter the "emotional" atmosphere of the US political life.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Moscow does not wish to enter the "emotional" atmosphere surrounding the latest scandal of US President Donald Trump's cabinet member, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday, reiterating the long-standing position that Russia does not interfere in other states' affairs.

    "We certainly would not want to in any way intervene in the emotionally charged atmosphere taking place in the United States. We can only repeat once again that Russia has never interfered, does not interfere and does not intend to interfere in the internal affairs of other states, and especially in other states' election campaigns," Peskov told journalists.

    The Washington Post reported Wednesday that US Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to Russian Ambassador to US Sergei Kislyak twice last year while he was a US senator and part of US President Donald Trump's campaign despite denying any contacts with the Russians at his confirmation hearing in January.

    Peskov noted it was too early to assess the situation given the "overly emotional background."

    "Perhaps before giving any evaluations, it is necessary to wait when this emotional background subsides and everything will enter into a constructive path," he stressed.

    The emotional atmosphere in the United States related to the investigation into alleged contacts between the US presidential administration members and Russian diplomats undermines the idea of bilateral dialogue between the two states, the Kremlin spokesman said.

    "Of course, this emotional atmosphere, perhaps it… results in a certain opposition to the idea of establishing any dialogue with Russia. Yes, I think that a negative effect is evident here," Peskov told reporters.

    He added that there was no contradiction between statements by Russian officials that Moscow had not interfered in the election campaigns of other states and reports about alleged contacts between US officials and Russian diplomats.


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