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    Moscow Expects New Accusations of Vote Interference Ahead of US Presidential Race - Foreign Ministry

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    Russia has been systematically accused of meddling in the US presidential vote in 2016 as well as in the midterm elections in 2018. Moscow has strongly denied the allegations pointing to the absence of evidence to prove them.

    Moscow is expecting new allegations directed towards Russia regarding interference in US elections ahead of the 2020 presidential race, the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on Friday.

    "Baseless and unsubstantiated accusations of so-called Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 created an atmosphere of deep suspicion and a fundamental distrust of Moscow’s policy. It’s very difficult for the US to get out of this state into which they plunged themselves, especially since that the so-called “Russian card” turned out to be a convenient means of settling political accounts and is still used in the domestic political struggle," Ryabkov said.

    The Foreign Ministry underlined that Moscow is ready to provide an exhaustive response to all the allegations of Russian vote meddling.

    Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that the US media are getting out of touch with reality as the US elections are getting closer.

    Peskov warned against fully trusting Western media publications about Putin's alleged 'assistance' to President Donald Trump.

    The US Justice Department released the redacted version of the report in mid-April summarising the outcome of Mueller’s investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion and Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US election. According to the document, the investigation did not find any evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign team.

    Russia has repeatedly denied any claims of interference in the US political system, saying the allegations were made up to excuse the election loss of Trump's opponent and deflect public attention from actual instances of election fraud and corruption.

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