6 Nov 2019 17:13

Russian Senator Dzhabarov: Allegation that Russia plans to meddle in U.S. elections is sign of 'madness'

MOSCOW. Nov 6 (Interfax) - It makes no sense for Russia to interfere in elections in the United States as this would change nothing in relations between the two countries, no matter who becomes president there, Russian Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee first deputy head Vladimir Dzhabarov said.

"As if Russia didn't have anything else to do! Like, we've resolved all of our domestic problems, and the main problem left is to meddle in the U.S. elections, as if that could change anything. What's most interesting is that, whoever wins there, it would change little in our relations. At least within the next few years," Dzhabarov told Interfax on Wednesday, commenting on a joint statement by a number of high-ranking U.S. security officials identifying Russia, China, and Iran as adversaries and accusing them of planning to interfere in the presidential election in the U.S. in 2020.

"This is some madness in America. If they think we are meddling, let them curb it and uncover facts. And saying that this might happen is like talking about whether it is going to rain tomorrow or not," he said.

The Russian-U.S. relationship is at such a low level that nothing can really be changed now, Dzhabarov said. "Whether you interfere or not, the result is the same," he said.

It emerged earlier that U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray, Commander of the Cyber Command and Agency of National Security Director Paul Nakasone, and Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Christopher Krebs signed a statement accusing Russia, China, and Iran of making attempts to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.