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New US sanctions move attempt to influence presidential election: Russia

The sanctions report expected to be released imminently by the United States against Russia intends to influence Russia’s presidential election in March, the Kremlin says.

(Muslim Times web desk)   US treasury could release reports as early as Monday detailing the possibilities for expanding sanctions against senior Russian foreign political figures and oligarchs to President Vladimir Putin, who is standing for re-election.

Speaking at a conference call on Monday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow regards the US reports as an unfriendly attempt to sway the March presidential election but it would fail to impact the vote.

“We do think this is a direct and obvious attempt timed to coincide with the elections in order to influence them,” Peskov said.

“We do not agree with this and are convinced that there will be no influence,” he added.

Moscow and Washington are at odds after US officials accuse Russia of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election although Kremlin representatives have repeatedly denied the allegations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin in November strongly rejected claims that Moscow interfered in the 2016 US presidential election in favor of Donald Trump, saying these allegations are mere “fantasies.”

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