UK: Russian ambassador slams probe into alleged Brexit interference

Russian Ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko accused UK lawmakers of attempting to make Moscow «a scapegoat» for the Brexit vote, following a parliamentary initiative to investigate Russia's alleged interference in the UK referendum, when speaking from London, Thursday. Yakovenko argued that «this is quite convenient to make Russia some kind of scapegoat for everything what is going wrong... Еще.» The Russian diplomat also said that the allegations of Russia's interference in other countries' elections, including the 2016 US presidential election and 2017 German election, were groundless. «There are no facts. And we will be happy, you know, just to see if they will be presented. But nobody could do this,» said Yakovenko. He went on to say that the anti-Russia campaign, which is marked by what he called «the demonisation of Russia,» «undermines trust» in the mainstream media. Yakovenko's comment comes two days after the UK House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee announced that they had asked Facebook to provide information on political ads and pages purchased by Russian-linked accounts ahead of the Brexit referendum vote and this year's General Election.

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