Russia is suspected of having tried interfere and manipulate the results of the United States elections, writes CNBC. At issue is an alleged disinformation campaign, orchestrated and promoted by Vladmir Putin, accused by the American intelligence service of having ordered Russian secret agents to disseminate information in the U.S. press and among people close to Donald Trump. The Kremlin’s objective would be to “denigrate” Joe Biden’s campaign, as a way to boost the Republican’s reelection.
A report released this Tuesday points directly to Putin, stating that the Russian leader as well as “other senior officials were aware of and probably directed Russia’s influence operations in the 2020 presidential election ”.
The document states that Putin “had control over the activities of Adriy Derkach, a Ukrainian deputy who played a leading role in the Russian elections”. The same Derkach has connections to Russian secret services and is very close to Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and faithful squire, who for months spearheaded unfounded charges against Biden.
“A key element of Moscow’s strategy in this election cycle was the use of people linked to Russian intelligence to build narratives of influence, including misleading or baseless allegations against President Joe Biden through the US media., American officials and prominent personalities in the United States, some of whom were close to former President Trump and his administration, ”can be read in the report made public.
A White House official, questioned by NBC, said that Joe Biden, on the first phone call with Putin, “Made it clear that the United States will respond to a series of destabilizing actions by Russia”.
The current US president is said to have threatened future sanctions, having said to the Russian counterpart: “You have already seen us take a set of actions to respond to Russia’s use of a chemical weapon in an attempt to assassinate Alexey Navalny. There will be more soon”.