Kremlin says US is affecting upcoming Russian elections

Kremlin spokesman says US making attempts to influence Russia’s next presidential elections, blames White House spokesman who said 'Putin is corrupt'

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) chairs a government meeting to decide on a package of anti-crisis measures at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia in this January 27, 2016 file photo

Updated Jan 30, 2016

Russian Federation blamed the United States on Friday of attempting to influence the country’s next presidential elections.

Kremlin Spokesman Dimitry Peskov said in a news conference that the comments of a US Treasury Department official, in which he alleged that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin was corrupt, are outrageous and insulting.

Adam Szubin, acting Treasury secretary for terrorism and financial crimes said in an interview with BBC Panorama that the Russian president has been amassing secret wealth.

"We've seen him enriching his friends, his close allies and marginalising those who he doesn't view as friends using state assets. Whether that's Russia's energy wealth, whether it's other state contracts, he directs those to whom he believes will serve him and excludes those who don't. To me, that is a picture of corruption," Szubin was quoted as saying.

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said that Szubin's comments "best reflects the administration's view."

Peskov said that "this statement is outrageous and insulting,"  during a conference call with journalists.

"In general, we see that overseas they have started preparing for Russia's presidential election which is still more than two years away," Peskov said.

"It is clear that negative stuff is being accumulated to be used against the head of our state ... to exert pressure and influence the course of the future election campaign."

In November the US imposed sanctions on supporters,one of which was a middleman, of Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad, who assisted the regime in buying oil from DAESH, and a Russian bank that financed the regime.

The United States has placed sanctions on a number of Russian businessmen loyal to Putin as part of its aim to put pressure on Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.

TRTWorld and agencies