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Russia denies media meddling in Catalonia's independence bid

IANS  |  Moscow 

Top officials in on Wednesday said there was no proof that Moscow interfered in Catalonia's independence bid, adding that such allegations were "hysterical" and could instead be attributed to domestic issues in

The rebuttal came a day after Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy claimed that more than half of the bots spreading false news reports during the Catalonia independence campaign originated from Russia, Efe news reported.

"Maybe this can be explained because the capitals of the countries from where these accusations come, whether it be Madrid or London, do not have their own internal problems resolved," said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, referring to Rajoy and British Premier Theresa May, who had issued a separate warning against on Monday.

He added that the hysterical sensationalism regarding alleged Russian meddling was being used by country leaders to distract electorates from their inability to resolve internal issues.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov also denied the accusations, insisting that there was no proof.

"Neither the Spanish authorities, NATO, nor the have presented a single argument that warrants giving attention to the accusations," he told journalists.

Several Spanish officials have raised concerns about allegations that Russian bots stoked divisions in amid high tensions in early October, when Catalan officials pushed ahead with an independence referendum that was branded illegal by the state.



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First Published: Wed, November 15 2017. 17:44 IST