Russia dismisses Democratic US Senate report as unfounded

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It is also a fact that Putin does this to other countries. "Working with countries, whether it's Russian Federation or China or India, or any of the countries that surround this world and encompass this world, is a very good thing." he said.

The White House did not immediately provide a comment on the matter after The Daily Beast's request.

The report - titled "Putin's Asymmetrical Assault on Democracy in Russian Federation and Europe: Implications for U.S. National Security" - slams Trump for being "negligent" in recognizing and responding to Putin's election interference.

A senior US National Security Council official early past year recommended US President Donald Trump to reduce US military presence in Eastern Europe as an overture to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, The Daily Beast reported Tuesday, citing two former administration officials.

The tensions gained momentum in August 2017, when US President Donald Trump signed a bill, imposing new sanctions on Moscow over its alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

A new report by Congressional Democrats has called out President Donald Trump for a failure to protect America from what they describe as a growing threat of Russian election meddling this year and during the 2020 presidential elections.

Even so, Cardin's report says that the us has no "coherent, comprehensive and coordinated approach to the Kremlin's malign influence operations, either overseas or at home". Moscow has recently relied more heavily on state-owned overseas networks such as Sputnik and RT to carry out its will, even beyond larger nations like the US and the United Kingdom. The agencies did not look at whether the Russian effort affected any votes.

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Democratic aides said the report is not meant as a dive into Russia's meddling into the 2016 USA election, given the multiple investigations on the issue. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee and who commissioned the report after the 2016 election, said in a statement. It was prepared for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

Another politician from the Communist Party Dmitry Novikov said: "The US authorities have always been absorbed in their own game of interfering in Russian internal affairs".

It comes a few weeks before a deadline for the administration to announce secondary sanctions against companies and individuals who do business with Russian intelligence and military entities.

Investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election are underway in both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, as well as the House Judiciary Committee.

Notably, it recommends the US find ways to help Europe, and especially Eastern Europe, wean itself off being so dependent on Russian Federation for energy.

"Beyond its military assaults on Georgian territory, the Russian government also supports a variety of pro-Kremlin political parties, NGOs, and propaganda efforts in the country", it notes.

Second, the United States must embark on an effort to build more resilience here at home and in democratic institutions across Europe - the best defence against Russian interference. Spain has led Europe in cracking down on Russian-based organized crime groups.

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