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    Claims of Russia’s alleged ties with the groups that sparked violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia are another example of anti-Russia sentiment that keeps on growing in the United States, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Several media outlets and public figures in the United States have claimed that there are connections between Russia and alt-right groups involved in the Charlottesville incident.

    According to the spokeswoman, her colleagues from the foreign ministry said that the Russian embassy in Washington received requests from the media to comment on the issue of "some kind of [Russian] involvement, or possible influence on the situation in Charlottesville."

    "It seems that some kind of theory was distributed among [the media] … It all falls under the umbrella of the completely strange and insane escalation of anti-Russia rhetoric in the United States. It is all pretty understandable. Right now, a new round is taking place, a so-called electoral cycle within the establishment, which is not even troubled but rather divided," Zakharova said at the press briefing when answering a question on the claims on Russia’s connection with alt-right groups.

    On Saturday, white nationalists held a "Unite the Right" rally in the US city of Charlottesville to protest authorities' plans to remove a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The rally drew counter-demonstrators, including members of the left-wing movement AntiFa, and violent clashes ensued. The violence culminated when a Nazi supporter rammed his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators, killing one person and leaving 19 others injured.

    Robert E. Lee was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. After the death of the commander, statues of Lee were erected throughout southern states.

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