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    The Democratic National Committee has launched a legal action against Russia, the Trump campaign, WikiLeaks and other individuals and organizations, including the Russian military intelligence service, claimong that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 presidential election campaign.

    "The Russian Foreign Ministry has not received official notifications on this matter, therefore it is too early to speak about the nature of our actions. However, if the information is true, then, it seems, it is a kind of attempt of the Democrats to find excuse for their defeat," the ministry's representative Maria Zakharova said, commenting on the US Democratic Party's lawsuit against the Russian government.

    The spokeswoman pointed out that Russia learned about the legal action from media reports.

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    She added that "for the last year and a half since the elections in the United States, those who lost them, instead of trying to figure out where they themselves have not worked, are persistently trying to blame the failure on some "conspiracy" and "external interference."

    "The American public is already pretty frightened by the phantom of Russian hackers, but they continue to promote this topic. Apparently, now they want to transfer these fantasies from the pages of newspapers and from television screens to the courtroom in order to give new impetus to internal political disagreements and to heat up anti-Russian sentiments even more," the representative of the Foreign Ministry said.

    On Friday, the DNC filed a lawsuit against Russia, US President Donald Trump, the Trump campaign and some of its members, WikiLeaks and Russian businessmen as well as other individuals in connection with the alleged interference in the 2016 US election.

    The court documents include 13 counts, including trespass, computer fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) conspiracy and violations of the Wiretap Act, among others.

    Both Trump and the Kremlin have denied all allegations of collusion, and Moscow has called accusations of interference in the 2016 election "absurd."
    A lawsuit that was filed by the Democratic National Committee is photographed Friday, April 20, 2018, in Washington
    © AP Photo / Alex Brandon
    A lawsuit that was filed by the Democratic National Committee is photographed Friday, April 20, 2018, in Washington


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