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

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

FILE PHOTO:  Russia's President Vladimir Putin meets with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on th
FILE PHOTO: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd L) speaks with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (2nd R) during a meeting on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore November 15, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin told US Vice President Mike Pence Russia had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 US election, Interfax reported on Monday (Nov 19), during discussions about an upcoming meeting between Putin and President Donald Trump.

Putin and 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 in late November, a Kremlin spokesman said.

Pence raised the issue of external meddling in the US election but 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.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Paul Tait)

Source: Reuters/na

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