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No evidence to prove Moscow’s alleged interference in US election — senior diplomat

June 07, 2017, 13:09 UTC+3

The diplomat pointed out that the allegations about Russia’s interference were false

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MOSCOW, June 7. /TASS/. There is no evidence to prove Moscow’s alleged interference in the US election, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said addressing the Federation Council (upper house of parliament) on Wednesday.

According to him, the Obama administration involved the US special service in the investigation into Russia’s alleged interference in the presidential election, but since there was no real evidence, the special services "started spreading false statements about Moscow’s alleged planned operation aimed at undermining the American democracy." "The White House openly bet on hatred against Russia," Ryabkov said.

"From the very beginning, we have been demanding that Washington provide at least some evidence," he said. "We warned that the US is destroying the basis of bilateral relations and what was left of mutual understanding between our peoples," he added. "Unfortunately, our appeals have been ignored. Of course, no actual evidence was put forward before the US citizens and the global community as there can be no evidence, because the allegations about Russia’s interference are false," the diplomat pointed out.

"On October 31, in accordance with the agreement on notification about dangerous activities in the cyberspace, the US contacted the National Nuclear Risk Reduction Center and requested to end unauthorized entry into the US digital networks. The official US message said they were confident that Russia was involved in some malicious activities but still, there was no evidence," the Russian diplomat noted. "There were just allegations saying that the cyber attacks were carried out from the servers owned by a Russian hosting company based in the town of Biisk. The company’s owner pointed out that they were unable to control their clients all over the world who used the company’s infrastructure," Ryabkov said.

He cited statistics provided by relevant agencies, which say that around 28% of cyber attacks against Russia’s digital infrastructure were conducted from the US. "At the same time, only 2-3% of attacks on US computers are carried out from our territory," the deputy foreign minister added.

Russian government structures have no bearing on hacker attacks

Russian government structures have no bearing on attacks by hackers and cannot have any, Ryabkov said.

"Oddly enough, hackership is in great fashion these days. We have explained more than once, including at the highest level, that Russia’s government structures have no bearing on hackership and cannot have any," Ryabkov said. "It is just impossible to imagine that Russia may be trying to use computer hacking to influence certain internal processes in this or that country."

"This contradicts the policy that we conduct - namely, the protection of the principle of sovereignty and the impermissibility of intervention in internal affairs," he said.

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