Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Dem. Report Warns of Russian Meddling in Europe

Dem. Report Warns of Russian Meddling in Europe

Republicans are afraid to touch a new report from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff that showed Trump sitting on his hands while Russian Federation attacks United States elections.

The Kremlin on Thursday dismissed a new report by U.S. Senate Democrats describing Russian interference in the U.S. and throughout Europe as unfounded and President Vladimir Putin accused the United States of "aggressive" overreaction.

Dmitry Novikov, a member of Russia's Communist Party, told the Interfax news agency that, "The U.S. authorities have always been absorbed in their own game of interfering in Russian internal affairs".

Speaking in a conference call Thursday with reporters, Peskov said that "such paranoid concerns not only hurt bilateral relations, but the US itself".

Kremlin-backed hackers are believed to have breached email accounts used by Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee - revealing embarrassing behind-the-scenes details.

Peskov commented on a report drawn up by US Congress at the initiative of Ben Cardin, the highest ranked Democrat in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

"Never before in American history has so clear a threat to national security been so clearly ignored by a US president", the report's preface reads.

Cardin, speaking at the German Marshall Fund on Wednesday, said that, "we don't have a President yet to fully acknowledge what Russian Federation did to the United States in the elections".

Kevin Harrington, the National Security Council's senior official for strategic planning, suggested in February 2017 that USA troops in close proximity to the Russian borders be withdrawn in order to appease Putin.

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If we fail to respond with the urgency this threat requires, the regime in Moscow will be further emboldened - not just to undermine European stability but to build on its success in interfering in our 2016 presidential election by undermining the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 presidential election. The report has nothing to do with alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, which is also being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Soerensen warned that the insufficient US support for European efforts to counter the Russian meddling will mean "insecurity will spread", adding there is a fear that "that there will be attempts to influence elections".

Despite the litany of claims by Trump that Russian election interference and his campaign's coordination with Russia were a hoax or overhyped, prominent Republican lawmakers have remained hawkish on Russia.

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

Countries around the globe are at risk of the Kremlin spreading malicious fake news, fuelling corruption and even assassinating political enemies, the report said. Bob Corker, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Cardin had kept the Tennessee Republican informed about the report.

"The president is who he is", said one senior Democratic congressional staffer, "and we don't have illusions about changing the president".

The report entitled "Putin's asymmetric assault on democracy in Russian Federation and Europe", said: "Monitoring and countering propaganda alone will never be sufficient".

Putin has used disinformation, cyberattacks and financial support for fringe political parties and groups, the report says.

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