Antonov: Russia requires US to present the facts on charges of meddling in elections

MOSCOW, July 18. /TASS/. Moscow demands from Washington to present the facts of alleged Russian interference in American elections. About it declared on Wednesday to journalists the Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov.

“With regard to interference, then, to paraphrase a Chinese proverb, one hundred mice will not make one tiger. No matter how many accusations, the main requirement is that the facts on the table,” – said the diplomat.

Antonov called the US charges against Russia of allegedly meddling in the American elections are complete nonsense. “The United States first try to reach a verdict (on the RF interference in the elections – approx. TASS), and then to talk. Moreover, if the British colleagues first used the expression highly likely (very likely – ed. TASS), on the accusations of Russia, today some just say Russia intervened in the internal Affairs of States. It is complete nonsense, – said Antonov. – Russian President Vladimir Putin clearly said this at a joint press conference in Helsinki”.

U.S. authorities on July 13 correspondence the charges of 12 alleged members of the military intelligence of Russia in the framework of investigation into alleged foreign interference in the elections process in the United States in 2016. As stated by the first Deputy Minister of justice Race, Rosenstein, all the accused are members of the Main Directorate of the General staff of the Russian armed forces.

The President of the United States Donald trump and his aides have repeatedly rejected suspicions of any improper contacts with officials of Russia during the election campaign. Moscow has many times denied allegations of attempts to influence the elections in the United States.

Trump, jointly with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin press conference in Helsinki on July 16 made comments that have caused a political storm in the United States. “All I can do is ask the question [about whether Russia’s intervention in the American elections in 2016]. My subordinates – Dan Coates and some others stated that, in their opinion, it was Russia. President Putin just said that it was not Russia. I will say the following: don’t see any reason that it was she,” said trump.

At a press conference in Washington July 17, trump of these words, explaining that his statements had the word “not”. “In a key sentence in his remarks, I said “was” instead of “was not”, – said the American leader. According to him, the sentence should read: “don’t see any reason that it wasn’t her, or that it was not Russia”.