Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova’s reply to a media question regarding the US Democratic Party’s lawsuit

Saturday, 21 April 2018 06:14

Question: Will you comment please on the lawsuit filed by the US Democratic Party, including against Russia, over the results of the 2016 presidential election in the US?

Maria Zakharova: We have read media reports according to which the Democratic National Committee has filed a lawsuit at a New York court over the results of the 2016 presidential election, and we know that the Russian Federation and individual Russian citizens have been named defendants in this action. The Russian Foreign Ministry has not received any official notification of this suit so we cannot yet speak about any action we could potentially take. However, if it turns out that these media reports are true to fact, they would suggest a peculiar attempt by the Democrats to explain their election defeat.

For the past 18 months since the presidential election, the Democrats have been trying to blame their defeat on some kind of collusion and foreign interference instead of trying to determine what they themselves did wrong. The US public is already scared of imaginary Russian hackers, yet some quarters continue to hype up this alleged threat. The latest events can be interpreted as an attempt to shift this game of fantasy from the media and television to the courts, so as to give new impetus to domestic political contention and fan anti-Russia sentiments.

We are above all concerned about the negative effect this may have on Russian-US relations. Those who are trying to hinder the healthy development of bilateral relations have almost drowned out the voice of reason. These forces are recklessly destroying the foundation of our relations, using any means available and not stopping short of the most absurd allegations. They forget that the global weather largely depends on the atmosphere in relations between Russia and the United States, and they still cannot see the futility of their attempts to put pressure on Russia.

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