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Kremlin considers doping accusations against Russian athletes slander

June 08, 12:42 UTC+3
The Russian team is pushing ahead with preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil despite the accusations
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Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov

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MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. The Kremlin will consider doping abuse accusations against Russian athletes as slander until it gets proofs to the contrary, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

"The team is systematically getting ready for the Olympic teams. True, campaigns of slander do to take place, but they don’t fan tensions," Peskov said, when asked if another portion of groundless allegations about doping abuse increased the risks for Russian athletes.

Peskov pointed out that Russia was categorically against the use of doping in sports.

"At the same time this does not mean that we are ready to accept some groundless statements or charges before we hear any sensible proof or confirmations of this slander," Peskov said. "We will be regarding this as the absolute calumny."

He recalled that "The Russian president had sent an absolutely clear message to the effect the use of any doping in sports is absolutely unacceptable for us. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said state that too. Russia is categorically against this and it unconditionally condemns the use of doping there where it has been proven."

"We are categorically against the attempts to use to exposed cases of doping abuse to cast a shadow on our athletes who participate in sports competitions in a fair way," Peskov said.

He also pointed to the fact that "the president and the sports minister had repeatedly stated they were participating in anti-doping activities on the basis of very tight interaction with the corresponding international structures."

Peskov emphasized Putin’s statement in favor of very tight cooperation with foreign partners in anti-doping agencies to investigate all doping abuse suspicions.

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