14:16 GMT16 April 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US intelligence's claims about Moscow's interference in the 2020 presidential vote are nothing but an unsubstantiated hoax, as the report is just adjusted to some conclusions that were invented in advance, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    "There are no grounds for such conclusions and there cannot be", Ryabkov said, commenting on the report. "This is just another information hoax. Nothing more but claims that some structures related to Russia are apparently behind some actions that the US does not like".

    According to the Russian diplomat, the US adjusts its reports to "preprogrammed results and approaches".

    A view of the Russian Foreign Ministry and one of the Kremlin towers
    © Sputnik / Natalia Seliverstova
    A view of the Russian Foreign Ministry and one of the Kremlin towers

    The fresh US intelligence report on foreign threats to the 2020 election claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin authorised efforts to undermine the then-Democratic candidate Joe Biden. The report also says that Iran, Cuba and Lebanon's Shia movement Hezbollah "took some steps" to influence the election, while China did not deploy "interference efforts".

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