25 Feb 2020 09:34

Russia ready to discuss information security with U.S. despite claims of 'election meddling' - embassy

WASHINGTON. Feb 25 (Interfax) - Russia stands ready for substantive discussions with the United States on information security and other problems regardless of allegations about Moscow's "interference" in the U.S. elections, the Russian embassy in Washington said in a statement.

"We reaffirm our commitment to the substantive discussions with the U.S. on information security as well as other issues," the embassy said.

The embassy also "expresses its deep concern about the new twist of speculations on the alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. elections."

"It is especially striking how political forces in Washington are exploiting this myth for their opportunistic gain. Making totally ungrounded and fictitious "Russia-linked" allegations against each other is becoming a bad American political tradition," it said.

"The Russian Federation does not "interfere" in other countries' internal political processes. We appeal to politicians to stop playing blame-game," it said.

"The anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S. partisan struggle has already led to the unprecedented degradation of the bilateral relations," the embassy said.

"We remind that the Russian Federation and the United States are permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and bear special responsibility for international peace and security," which is why "constructive and pragmatic dialogue between our countries is crucial for the whole international community," the embassy said.