Kremlin denies intervention in US presidential election 2016

The Kremlin on Monday denied the involvement of the Russian government by interfering with the US presidential election of 2016.

Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the allegations were unfounded.

The Russian commentary was issued after a special American investigator accused 13 Russian citizens and three Russian legal entities of "illegal information war" to disrupt elections to benefit President Donald Trump.

The indictment by former FBI Director Robert Mueller for Russian interference raised the argument that the Internet Research Agency based in St. Petersburg Petersburg, which has links to the Kremlin, 12 of its employees and financial supporters, masterminded the effort.

The 37-page document charged that the Russians were trying to coordinate their efforts with members of the Trump campaign, but the document did not accuse anyone from the Trump campaign colludes with Russia.

Trump has long insisted that his campaign does not collude with Russia, even as the American intelligence community and now Mueller have concluded that Russia is campaigning widely to intervene in the election to help win the Trump.

The indictment is the first time Mueller's office has charged allegations against Russian citizens and Russian legal entities for intervening in the 2016 presidential election. [gp]

Releases List of 210 People Near the Kremlin, Putin Takes US Take 'Hostile Step'

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the United States has taken a 'hostile step' by releasing a list detailing the wealth and political relations of 210 people who have a close relationship with the Kremlin. But he said Russia would not take revenge.

The US Treasury published the list on Monday, as enacted by a law passed by Congress in August aimed at punishing Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election in America .

American President Donald Trump reluctantly signed the law, and government officials said Monday that there is currently no plan to impose new sanctions on the Kremlin.

In a written statement, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said that it had beaten Russian companies.

"Now we have told Congress that this law and its implementation prevent Russia from selling weapons," Nauert wrote. "Since the enactment of … the law, we estimate that foreign governments have canceled the purchase of weapons worth several billion dollars from Russia."

Some Kremlin officials react angrily to the list. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would "poison the relationship for a long time".

But Putin is more restrained. Speaking at a campaign event Tuesday in Moscow, he said that although he was disappointed over the list, he would delay the retaliation, which seems to be because the list is not accompanied by American sanctions. [sp/ii]