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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Kremlin says Putin told Pence Russia did not meddle in US election

They spoke in Singapore last week about issues that could be discussed at the meeting between Trump and Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) converse during the 13th East Asian Summit at the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 15 November 2018. EPA
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and US Vice-President Mike Pence (R) converse during the 13th East Asian Summit at the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related meetings in Singapore, 15 November 2018. EPA

Russian President Vladimir Putin told US Vice President Mike Pence that Russia had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 US election, Interfax reported on Monday, during discussions about an upcoming meeting between Mr Putin and President Donald Trump.

Mr Putin and Mr Pence spoke in Singapore last week about key issues that could be discussed at the meeting between the two leaders, expected to take place at the G20 summit in Argentina this month, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Mr Pence raised the issue of external meddling in the US election but Mr Putin told him that "the Russian state had nothing to do ... and can not have anything to do with meddling" in any electoral processes, Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.