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Russian Deputy FM: U.S. intervening in our internal affairs

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U.S. threats to impose new sanctions on Russia were aiming to escalate tensions ahead of the presidential election, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said.

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"Every day we hear threats and all kinds of insinuations, attempts to blame Russia and Russian citizens for some activity that does not suit the American side. It is clear that all this continues to have a negative impact on the relations between the two countries," Ryabkov explained.

"Paradoxically, the Americans are taking steps that are aimed at intervening in our internal affairs, intensifying tension in bilateral relations ahead of presidential elections, but they continue to groundlessly, unprovenly blame us for allegedly interfering in their electoral processes," Sputnik cited the Deputy Foreign Minister as saying.

The statement comes after the U.S.Department of State stated that Washington did not rule out potentially introducing sanctions against the 13 Russian individuals charged last week for allegedly trying to influence the 2016 U.S. election.


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