Kremlin denies charges against Trump officials prove election meddling

President Donald Trump's longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller will reportedly be questioned over a 2013 trip Trump took to Moscow

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later that "so far Russian Federation doesn't figure in any way in these charges which have been made".

There are reports that "we don't just interfere in elections, we manipulate the weather and bring about floods", Lavrov quipped.

Answering questions from CNN on a conference call, Peskov said, "So far Russian Federation is not featured in any way in these indictments - other countries and other people are mentioned there".

He said he hoped the continuing Russian Federation investigation would not add to the "already overblown, hysterical Russophobia".

US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairperson, Paul Manafort, and his business associate, Richard Gates, were charged with conspiracy and money laundering, related to lobbying work for a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine.

He expressed hope that "wisdom will eventually prevail".

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He's listed as questionable to play in Sunday's game against Toronto. "I think they understand what we can bring to the table". We know we can challenge them, and they know they challenge us. "They didn't want to go down in the second round".

When asked by CNN how he could say the indictment against Papadopolous did not relate to Russia, given that it mentioned contacts with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs - through an intermediary - with the Trump campaign, Peskov told CNN, "This is like a meeting with the children of Lieutenant Schmidt", referring to a fictional society of swindlers featured in a Russian satirical novel.

"These are ludicrous accusations, ludicrous statements, once again groundless, baseless, and we treat them accordingly", he said.

"Recently, there was an allegation that Moscow decided what minister to appoint in South Africa", he added. "I have not seen the indictments that had been put forward, but if Mr. Papadopoulos wanted to meet Mr. Timofeyev - I'm not personally acquainted to any of them - then, if the meeting in question was to focus on Russian-US relations, I don't see anything illegitimate, illegal, unlawful here".

Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election were a "fantasy", according to Reuters, which quoted the Russian news agency Interfax.

Lavrov told a briefing at the association of European business in Russian Federation on Tuesday morning that his government has also been accused of meddling in elections in the USA and Europe.

The White House and Trump have already commented on the issue, with the United States president saying that Manafort was accused with regard to dealings he had made "years ago", prior to becoming part of his election team. Macron won a resounding victory against her.

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