Russia has dismissed as “false” and “great pulp fiction” a recent article by The Guardian about Moscow’s alleged secret efforts to ensure Donald Trump’s victory in the United States’ 2016 presidential election.
Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov made the comments during a press conference on Friday, after the British newspaper reported a day earlier, citing what it claimed were leaked Russian documents, that Russian President Vladimir Putin had approved a secret operation to support the Republican candidate in the race.
“This is a complete lie, a classic fake, just another example [of fake news],” Peskov said.
The documents that The Guardian claimed it had based its report on called Trump an “impulsive, mentally unstable and unbalanced individual who suffers from an inferiority complex,” while alleging that Moscow supported him in order to weaken the US worldwide.
The newspaper claimed in the article that Western intelligence services had been aware of those alleged “exclusive documents.”
Over the past years, Russia has been accused by US officials of meddling in the 2016 presidential election and colluding with Trump during his election campaign.
Moscow has repeatedly rejected the accusations, stressing that there is no proof of such meddling.
The allegations triggered an investigation into the matter by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In April 2019, a redacted version of the 400-page investigation by Mueller was publicly released, but it stopped short of concluding that Trump and Moscow had colluded.
The US has also accused Russia of interference in the 2020 US presidential election, a charge that Moscow has denied.
Recently, Washington has also blamed Russia for cyberattacks against American organizations. Moscow has time and again rejected those accusations as well.