Russia Challenges U.S. Hacking Allegations: “Stop Talking” Or “Produce Some Proof”
On Friday, the Kremlin blasted the United States for accusing Russia and Vladimir Putin of issuing cyber attacks to interfere with the US Presidential election. The Obama Administration has been pointing the finger at Putin for helping swing the election in favor of Donald Trump. On Thursday, President Obama threatened to retaliate against Russia for the alleged hacking.
During a visit to Japan, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said of the United States, “They should either stop talking about that or produce some proof at last. Otherwise it all begins to look unseemly.”
President Obama went on NPR radio on Thursday and made the threat to retaliate. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections that we need to take action,” he said. And we will — at a time and place of our own choosing. Some of it may be explicit and publicized; some of it may not be.”
On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also dismissed the reports coming from the US that Russia had any involvement.
“I was astonished when I saw it,” Lavrov said. “I think, this is nothing but nonsense, there is not a chance that anybody could believe that.”