In searching for evidence of Russia’s influence on U.S. elections and taking measures to counter “the hidden influence of Russia”, the American Parliament is throwing money to the wind, convinced the Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov.
Earlier it was reported that the house of representatives of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved a new draft of the U.S. budget for the 2017 financial year, which involves the allocation of funds to fight the influence of the Russian Federation on elections and the creation of a special Committee on combating so-called hidden influence of Russia.
“I understand that the American parliamentarians, the money has nowhere to go once they do. That’s their business, of course, but for me — it’s money down the drain,” said RIA Novosti the lake.
He noted that Russia has repeatedly denied all the accusations of the American side in the alleged attempts to influence the election campaign in the US, last time it was announced at the meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“Vladimir Putin once said that Russia does not interfere in the Affairs of other States, but, on the other hand, will not allow and attempts to influence what is happening in our country from outside,” — said Ozerov.
According to him, in particular, it concerns the support and funding from abroad, foreign NGOs, attempting to influence the political situation in Russia.
The theme of alleged Russian interference in the presidential elections emerged in the USA after the defeat of the candidate of the democratic party Hillary Clinton. Any evidence of Russia’s involvement in them to affect the outcome of the presidential race, the US was never presented.
The US President Donald trump has called the allegations of Russian interference in the election to support “ridiculous”. He repeatedly explained that his political opponents-Democrats try using these allegations to question the election results and take responsibility for the loss.
In Moscow charges of meddling in the internal Affairs of the USA repeatedly denied. Press Secretary of the President of Russia, Dmitry Peskov, called those assertions “completely unfounded”.