KRASNODAR (Russia) (Sputnik) — Speaking on Thursday following an international meeting of senior security officials in Russia, Bortnikov denied the claims of Russia's alleged meddling in any sovereign country's affairs.
"Our position is unambiguous: the Russian Federation has never interfered in what was or is happening on the territory of the United States or other states," Bortnikov said. "This is our approach: to help and assist — yes, but not to interfere," the FSB chief stressed.
Moreover, he noted that the FSB never severed contacts the US security services, despite existing problems.
Washington has accused Moscow of interfering in the November 8 election that saw the victory of Donald Trump and launched a congressional probe into alleged interference. Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations, calling them 'absurd' and 'invented' to deflect the public's attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption as well as other issues.