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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the All-Russian forum of agricultural producers in Krasnodar, Russia March 12, 2018. Photo by Sputnik/Alexei Nikolskyi/Kremlin via Reuters

Russia says U.S. indictment of 12 military agents is aimed at spoiling Trump-Putin summit

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is denouncing the United States’ indictment of 12 alleged military intelligence agents accused of hacking into Democratic accounts in the 2016 US elections.

The ministry says “obviously, the purpose of this is to spoil the atmosphere” before Monday’s summit of President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump.

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The ministry’s statement blames “influential political forces of the United States, who oppose the normalization of relations between our countries and have been manufacturing blatant slander for two years.”

It says: “It is regrettable that the circulation of false information in Washington has become the norm, and that criminal cases are brought for obvious political reasons.”

The Kremlin has denied that the Russian state interfered in the U.S. election.

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