A spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told CNN Monday that “hysteria” in the media and in Washington is hurting the relationship between the two countries.
“(It’s) high time for someone in the States to think, ‘Are we that weak that a country can interfere in our domestic affairs and influence our electoral system?’” said Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “This is unimaginable and someone has to say, all this is not true. We have to be sober, let’s come to our minds.”
American intelligence agencies believe Russia attempted to influence the election in favor of President Donald Trump.
In recent weeks, the story has gained momentum: Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his discussions with Russia ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation of Russian interactions with the Trump campaign after he acknowledged a previously unpublicized meeting with Kislyak.
Peskov said Russia did not have “the slightest intention to interfere.”
“The only thing I can tell you is that all this hysteria and public opinion, hysteria in official Washington and hysteria in American media, this is doing lots of harm to the future of our bilateral relations,” he said.
Russia wants a “predictable partner” to address world issues, Peskov said.
“We’re really sorry about the situation that we are facing now,” he said. “It is emotional extremism, of trying to make a toxic country out of Russia, to make a toxic … ambassador out of Russia’s ambassador.”