Russia on Tuesday reportedly stressed that the indictment handed down in the special counsel’s investigation did not include accusations against Russia for meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden administration resists tougher Russia sanctions in Congress More than 50 dead, one rescued in Russian mine explosion NATO to discuss ways to deter Russia: Lithuanian official MORE, said during a call with journalists that Russia has consistently maintained it did not interfere in the election, Reuters reported.
“Russia does not feature in the charges that were leveled in any way. Other countries and other people feature [in the charges],” Peskov said, according to the news service.
“Moscow never felt itself guilty so as to feel exonerated now,” he added.
Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE, President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE’s former campaign chairman, on Monday pleaded not guilty to the nine charges against him included in a 12-count indictment. A former business associate of Manafort’s, Richard Gates, also pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces.
Charges against Manafort include money laundering, tax fraud and conspiracy against the United States.
The indictment comes amid a months-long ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s attempts to interfere in the presidential election and any potential ties between Trump campaign staff members and the Kremlin.