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    There should be a taboo on doping use in sports, but it must be clearly defined to avoid manipulations, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – There should be a taboo on doping use in sports, but it must be clearly defined to avoid manipulations, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

    "We treat the doping issue the same way as other countries do. We think doping is unacceptable in sports. There should be a taboo on doping use … However, as I have always said and my colleagues have said, it is necessary to work out what doping is," Medvedev told Russian television channels, denouncing "manipulations."

    According to the prime minister, Russia, like other countries, has issues with doping use in sports and will continue to fight it.

    "The anti-doping campaign has turned into an anti-Russian campaign, this is absolutely clear … The campaign has only been launched against our athletes and our state," he stressed.

    Moreover, there is no evidence that Russia’s former sports minister and Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko was complicit in doping scandals, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

    "We do not have proof that minister Mutko was responsible for the doping scandal, if we had such evidence, he would not be working for the government," Medvedev told Russian television channels.

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