January 11, 2018 / 5:05 PM / 6 months ago

Russia's Putin denies meddling in Italian election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday it had never entered the heads of Russian officials to meddle in any foreign elections, including the vote scheduled in Italy in March.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with volunteers at his campaign office for the upcoming presidential election in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS

Speaking to a gathering of Russian media executives, Putin said allegations of Russian interference in the Italian vote were being fabricated in order to sabotage Russian-Italian economic ties.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Andrew Roche

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