Russia does not interfere in foreign political processes

The editorial "Denying hackers the capacity to disrupt" (May 12) contains unfounded remarks blaming Russia for the hacking attack on French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron "to install in power National Front candidate Marine Le Pen".

Such conclusions, tied up with the "suspected (Russian) provenance" of the earlier attack on American presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, are groundless and cause deep concern.

It has to be remembered that nobody has ever uncovered a single fact or shred of evidence to support these allegations, which are fictitious and serve the internal political agenda of the United States and France.

The anti-Russian card is, regretfully, being played more and more often by different political parties in the Western states for their domestic gains.

We respect the choice of the American and French people.

The assertions that Russia sided with one of the candidates in the polls are completely incorrect and quite primitive.

Russia has never interfered in the political and pre-election processes of other countries, and does not plan to do so.

Concurrently, it certainly does not want anyone to meddle in Russian political affairs either.

Unfortunately, we are seeing the opposite - the ongoing attempts to influence Russia's domestic politics both directly and through the so-called non-governmental organisations.

Such efforts are counterproductive and futile.

Andrey Tatarinov

Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Republic of Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2017, with the headline 'Russia does not interfere in foreign political processes'. Print Edition | Subscribe