Moscow says allegation that Russia intervened in US election is just security agency 'infighting'

Vladimir Putin
Yuri Kochetkov | Pool | Reuters

Russia has dismissed U.S. accusations that Moscow intervened in the presidential election as "infighting" between security agencies.

U.S. intelligence agencies had concluded with "high confidence" that Moscow interfered in the Presidential election to aid Donald Trump's campaign and harm the chances of a potential Hilary Clinton administration.

Russian officials have consistently and fervently denied allegations of interference in the U.S. election.

"It looks like banal infighting between U.S. security services," Maria Zakharova, Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Neither accept or dispute

State-run broadcaster Russia Today reported on Tuesday that three unnamed U.S. officials with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) told Reuters that their agency does not dispute or accept the findings that Russia was actively involved with an intervention in the recent election.

President-elect Donald Trump lambasted the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) findings that Russia had supplied WikiLeaks with hacked emails to further boost his campaign as "ridiculous".

"I think it's just another excuse, I don't believe it," Trump told Fox News in an interview on Sunday.

Two key members of the U.S. Senate from Trump's own Republican Party questioned the president-elect's reluctance to condemn Russia, an opinion that was shared with an unnamed U.S. intelligence official according to a Reuters report.

Trump took to Twitter on Monday to question the motives of officials who have doubted his stance regarding alleged election interference from Moscow.


"Can you imagine if the election results were the opposite and WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!" said the President-elect.

Trump had previously called on Russia to target and hack his political opponent Hilary Clinton in the election campaign.