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    The Kremlin spokesman said that the talks between US presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Russia's state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), Sergey Gorkov, were not carried out on behalf of Russian authorities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Kremlin has nothing to do with senior Kushner's 2016 meeting with chief of Gorkov, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    "These contacts do not require any authorization from the Kremlin and they were not carried out on behalf of the Kremlin. This is absolutely normal practice when the heads of large banks, development institutions carry out road shows in foreign countries and conduct various negotiations there," Peskov told reporters.

    On May 30, the New York Times reported citing its sources that Kushner could have held a meeting in 2016 with the chief of Russia's state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB), Sergey Gorkov, allegedly to establish a basis of communication between the US administration and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    US media outlets and officials have repeatedly accused members of Trump's team of having contacts with Russia, alleging that Moscow used these contacts for its own ends and even meddled in the US 2016 presidential election. Moscow has repeatedly refuted the US allegations, saying it had no intention to meddle in internal affairs of other states.



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