Kremlin Calls Suggestions of Russian Interference in U.S. Election "Absurd"

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A former U.S. ambassador to Russia "congratulates" Kremlin-backed English-language network RT on Trump's victory.

The Kremlin said Wednesday that suggestions that Russia could have interfered with the U.S. presidential election are "absurd."

Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying so by news agency RIA Novosti.

"Remember what President Vladimir Putin said [before the election]," he said. "He noted that it would be absurd to think that any country, including Russia, could have an impact on the presidential campaign in the U.S."

Since president Barack Obama said in June that he didn't rule out that Russia could be trying to sway the vote in favor of Donald Trump, media and analysts have made suggestions about Russia's possible interference in the U.S. presidential campaign, ranging from possible email hacks to the use of "Internet trolls" to agitate for Donald Trump. The Kremlin has vehemently denied all of that.

Meanwhile, Michael McFaul, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia, mockingly congratulated Margarita Simonyan, head of English-language Kremlin-funded network RT, on Trump's victory in a post on his Twitter account. Throughout the campaign, RT's coverage was in favor of Trump.

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