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Lavrov: Trump Blamed China, Not Russia in US Election Meddling

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7Dnews London

Sat, 29 Sep 2018 15:42 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took pleasure in pointing out on Friday September 28th that President Donald Trump this week accused China, not Russia, of interfering in US elections.

On Wednesday September 26th Trump accused the Chinese government of seeking to influence the November 6th US congressional elections against his Republican Party. However, China has denied the allegation.

As reported by Reuters, Lavrov told reporters at the United Nations, “This time he blamed China for interference, he did not mention Russia—well, he did not mention us before.”

He also added, “We are the last people interested in interfering in interior affairs.”

Sergei Lavrov was underlining the fact that Trump has been reluctant to blame Russia for alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election that brought him to the White House.

Asked separately if Russia was luring farmers from South Africa, which is weighing whether its constitution needs to be changed to allow land expropriation, Lavrov replied, "No, this time we are busy with meddling with Catalonia elections," prompting laughter. "No time for this, you know, it is too far."


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