Kremlin cyberwarriors accused of campaign to discredit US Speaker

Stephanopoulos replied by asking if we are possibly headed into another Cold War. "New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse", Peskov said. "And this is a perverted perception of ambassador's job to say that every contact with a Russian ambassador is potentially risky and potentially can put in a line of activities interfering in domestic affairs", Peskov underlined. "Maybe even worse taking into account actions of the present presidential administration in Washington".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos that the allegations of Russia's interference in the 2016 USA presidential election are "fake news" and "slander".

Stephanopoulos wasted no time with niceties, jumping into Putin's "read my lips" denial that his government interfered in the recent USA presidential election. Peskov said Putin preferred Trump in the 2016 election simply because he seemed "empathetic" towards Russian Federation, and that he expressed interest in getting along with the Kremlin.

"Is it friendly? I'm afraid no", Peskov said of the actions. In his resignation letter, the ex-security adviser said he inadvertently briefed Vice President Mike Pence and others with incomplete information regarding the communications with Russian Ambassador to United States Sergey Kislyak. U.S. officials cited by The New York Times called conversations between Flynn and Kislyak regarding sanctions "unambiguous and highly inappropriate".

Flynn's connections to Russian Federation are being looked at by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and form part of the Russian Federation probe by the House and Senate intelligence committees. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the US democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton and harm her electability and potential presidency", the report reads, referring to the Russian government's "longstanding desire to undermine the USA -led liberal democratic order".

  • Leroy Wright