Russian President Vladimir Putin had a few words for the united States Of America: “Don’t meddle in our upcoming presidential election!” Russia has been spewing a lot of this type of rhetoric lately. This week, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova accused the U.S. of “direct interference into its electoral process.” Her comment was in response to the U.S. States Department criticism of Russia’s decision to ban opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running for president.
The Huffington Post (@HuffPost) reports, A U.S States Department rep had decried the Russian government’s “ongoing crackdown against independent voices, from journalist to civil society activist and opposition politicians,” a statement obtained from Business Insider said.
“We urge the government of Russia to hold genuine elections that are transparent, fair, and free, and will guarantee the free expression of the will of the people, consistent with its international human rights obligations,” the State department said. Zakharova suggested the U.S. was meddling in Russia’s election by issuing such comments.
“This statement by the U.S. department Of State, which I’m sure will not be the only one, is a direct interference into the electoral process and the state’s domestic affairs.” Zakharova wrote in a Facebook post.