Moscow does not rule out that the hoax regarding alleged Russian meddling in the US democratic process will expand ahead of the 2020 presidential election season, Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told Sputnik.

“We assume there are high chances that these concoctions about the ‘Russian meddling’ in the democratic processes will multiply, especially given the beginning of the electoral contest”, Antonov said on Friday.

At a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan’s Osaka last week, US President Donald Trump jokingly told Russian President Vladimir Putin to please not interfere in US elections.

The comment came after years of controversy over claims by some in the US of Russia’s alleged meddling in the US 2016 presidential election won by Trump.

Russia has repeatedly denied the allegations, saying it does not interfere in other states’ internal affairs.

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