US National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday October 22nd that Russian meddling in US elections did not have any effect on the outcome but told Russian officials that it did “sow enormous distrust of Russia” in the United States.
As reported by Reuters, US intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 US presidential election in an attempt to sow discord, disparage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and aid Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy. Putin has denied any such meddling.
Bolton said, “The point I made to Russian colleagues today was that I did not think, whatever they had done in terms of meddling in the 2016 election, that they had any effect on it, but what they have had an effect in the United States is to sow enormous distrust of Russia.”
Moreover, he also told Russians, “You should not meddle in our elections because you are not advancing Russian interest.”
In addition to the issue of election interference, Bolton discussed a wide range of issues with his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, including arms agreements, Syria, Iran, North Korea and the fight against terrorism, according to a tweet by the US embassy in Russia.