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    Rhetoric on Russia's Alleged Meddling in West Election to Grow - Official

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    According to a senior Russian official, the rhetoric on Russia's alleged meddling in Western states' elections will grow, especially in wake of recent comments by German lawmakers.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The rhetoric on Russia's alleged meddling in Western states' elections will only grow, the chairman of the Russian upper chamber of parliament's foreign affairs committee, Konstantin Kosachev, told Sputnik on Monday.

    "This proverbial 'Russian interference' serves as a quality mark for elections. In other words, if Russians attack, then the democracy [of Western states] is good and proper," Kosachev said, adding that rhetoric on protecting elections from Russian influence would only grow stronger.

    Kosachev then referenced Germany, saying that their increased chatter on Russia's alleged meddling fell in line with the current trend of rhetoric. The most recent instance of such an opinion being voiced was by Hans-Georg Maassen, the head of the German Federal Office for Protection of the Constitution.

    The Russian lawmaker noted that this trend was clearly expressed by UK architect and satirist Karl Sharro, and quoted him in saying "The most disappointing thing about the UK election is there wasn't even a hint of Russian interference. It's like we don't matter at all."

    The US Congress is currently investigating Russia's alleged meddling in last year's US presidential election, as a number of media outlets, citing their sources, regularly accuse Moscow of interfering in the election process.

    Russia has repeatedly denied interfering in the vote, insisting that it does not meddle in the internal affairs of other countries.


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