MOSCOW (AP) – The Kremlin on Friday â€œcategoricallyâ€ rejected allegations of interfering in a 2019 U.K. election and said the claims will negatively impact Russia’s relations with Britain.
â€œWe consistently, categorically deny any possible involvement of the Russian Federation in interfering in any country’s elections, including the U.K.,â€ Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
The British government accused â€œRussian actorsâ€ on Thursday of seeking to interfere in its last general election.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a written statement to lawmakers that it is â€œalmost certainâ€ that the unnamed individuals â€œsought to interfereâ€ in the December 2019 election by amplifying online â€œillicitly acquired and leaked government documents.â€ Raab also said there was an â€œongoing criminal investigationâ€ into how the documents were obtained.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Thursday slammed Raabâ€™s statement as â€œvague and contradictoryâ€ and called on the U.K. to â€œproduce factsâ€ supporting the allegations.
â€œOn the one hand, there is no proof, on the other, some possible retaliatory measures are mentioned,â€ Zakharova said at her weekly media briefing. â€œThese are mutually exclusive things.â€
Peskov said Friday that the accusations will â€œnegatively impact the bilateral Russia-U.K. relations,â€ adding that â€œthe British side can hardly do anything to exacerbate the nature of bilateral relations.”