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Moscow rejects Macron's assertion that Russia seeks to disrupt Paris Olympics

French President Emmanuel (Photo by Reuters)

Moscow has rejected claims by French President Emmanuel Macron that Russia would target the Paris Olympics this summer.

On Friday, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the French president’s claims absolutely unfounded.

Peskov also dismissed a claim by the Czech Republic’s transport minister Martin Kupka, who said that Russia had been trying to disrupt the EU's railway networks using hackers.  

"These are absolutely unfounded accusations in both the first and second cases,” he said.

“They are often heard, but they are never supported by any adequate evidence or argumentation. We absolutely do not accept such accusations," Peskov said.

Macron on Thursday claimed that Russia would attempt to target the Olympics and interfere in the information sphere.

Tensions have increased between Moscow and EU countries over America’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Peskov said on Thursday that NATO continues to perform functions that do not contribute to security but are destabilizing.

“Relations have now slipped to the level of direct confrontation,” Peskov told reporters as NATO celebrated the anniversary at a meeting of its foreign ministers in Brussels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly cautioned NATO against direct engagement in Ukraine, emphasizing that by supplying weapons and training to Kiev, the West effectively becomes a participant in the conflict.

Putin has also frequently stated that Russia was deceived by the West following the Cold War when Moscow's Warsaw Pact alliance was dissolved, while NATO expanded eastward by admitting former pact members and the three Baltic states that were once part of the Soviet Union.

Russia says its “special military operation” in Ukraine launched in February 2022 was an attempt to halt NATO from encroaching further towards the Russian borders.

In February, Putin said a direct conflict between Russia and NATO would mean the planet was one step away from World War Three.

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