19 Apr 2018 19:35

Washington refuses from direct dialogue on cyber issues - Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW. April 19 (Interfax) - The United States rejecting direct dialogue with Russia on cybersecurity means that Washington has no proof of Moscow interfering with the presidential election, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.

"U.S. representatives' refusal from direct dialogue on cyber issues yet again demonstrates that despite the loud public accusations they have no evidence of the imaginary guilt that they could show specialists without shame. In other words, all of these are attacks and propagandist action," Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

"For two years now many U.S. political analysts and media agencies have been spreading lies about some Russian hackers who supposedly hacked almost the entire U.S. electoral system (...). At the same time, Washington is refusing to create a bilateral working group on cybersecurity," Zakharova said.

"Such a group could talk about cyber grievances in professional language. As we said, in February the Americans derailed plans to hold even one-off consultations on this problem," Zakharova said.