Not a single evidence of Russia’s alleged meddling with electoral process in the United States or other countries has ever been presented, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
"Not a single evidence proving our meddling with any elections or referendums, either in the United States or in Catalonia, Macedonia or Montenegro, has ever been given," he said at a news conference after talks with his Spanish counterpart, Josep Borrell, TASS reported.
"As for alleged attempt to influence the outcome of elections in the United States, it is not interesting at all, it is no news as such accusations have been thrown at us since 2016," Lavrov said. "In this context, they mention not only the elections in the United States but also Catalonia’s referendum, recent polls in Sweden, our alleged involvement in the so-called Salisbury incident. No evidence has been given to ground any of these allegations. Each time we are suspected of anything, we invite to sit down at a negotiating table and speak in professional terms, demonstrate the facts underlying such allegations."
The Russian top diplomat stressed that the Russian side has been repeatedly calling on those who accuse Moscow of meddling to ground their positions in conformity with the norms of international law but each time it had to face misunderstanding. "We have channeled several official notes to our British colleagues asking them to implement their obligations under international and bilateral conventions, to give us necessary information to justify their allegations in our respect, to demonstrate our citizen [Yulia Skripal] who has been kept no one knows where for six months along with her father [Sergei Skripal] who is also a Russian national. After numerous reminders they told us that they would tell us nothing because it is a matter of the United Kingdom’s national security," he said.
Apart from that, the Russian foreign minister noted he had discussed the topic of the anti-Russian allegations at the talks with Borrell. "He drew attention to the fact some Russian mass media allegedly go beyond their journalistic competences indulging in forbidden interference into various electoral processes in other countries," Lavrov said. "I told Mr. Minister that we prefer to discuss such concerns not via the media but professionally: if there are questions to any Russian national, any Russian media outlet, we don’t want relations with Spain, our old friend, worsen, we don’t want such concerns to be silenced but be grounded by concrete facts instead."