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COVID-19: Forget about Russian meddling, jointly combat coronavirus pandemic - Russian Embassy tells US politicians

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WASHINGTON, /TASS/. The Russian Embassy has called on US politicians to fight together against the novel coronavirus pandemic instead of exacerbating bilateral relations.

"A number of politicians in Washington stop at nothing to exacerbate bilateral Russian-American relations," the embassy said in a statement commenting on fresh meddling accusations against Russia.

By putting forward accusations against Russia and our people, they pursue their own vested interests amid another election campaign. We consider their attempts to drag EU member-states into another reckless gamble unacceptable."

"We urge US politicians to show common sense and pool efforts in the fight against a common misfortune, the coronavirus pandemic," the Russian embassy stressed.

On Thursday, Senate minority leader Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer and four other senators called on the EU to slap sanctions on Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin whom Washington accuses of meddling in electoral process in the US.

US secret services suspect Russia’s involvement in the US election process in 2016. Special Counsel Robert Mueller spent nearly two years investigating the alleged meddling attempts.

On April 18, 2019, the US Department of Justice published the final report. Mueller recognized that the probe had identified no collusion between the election winner Trump and Russia. At the same time, he claimed that Moscow had tried to influence the election campaign.

President Trump has repeatedly dismissed the suspicion of any unlawful contacts with Russian officials. Moscow, too, more than once denied attempts to influence the outcome of the US presidential election.

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