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No trust between US and Russia: Russian deputy foreign minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Russian Wednesday said there was no trust between and the US and that has not expressed any willingness to solve the election-meddling issue through an "inter-agency process".

"Because there is no such thing as trust between and Washington, we cannot just take as something granted of what we hear from on these issues," he said during a panel discussion at the Raisina Dialogue 2019 in

"And like Mueller's investigation, we haven't seen anything during these two years that underpin claims of US officials that is 'guilty'," he added.

Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's one-time presidential campaign chairman, admitted in a court filing in the US on Tuesday that he provided 2016 campaign's polling data to a Russian, who has ties with intelligence agencies.

"I understand that many in the US strongly believe in Russia's wrongdoing with regards to election meddling, hacking or whatever," Ryabkov said.

"We have offered countless times to this (Trump) administration and a dozen of times to the to deal with it in a very pragmatic manner, to go through inter-agency process, to deal with addresses with individuals and institutions. The answer is no. Or, alternatively, there is no answer" he said.

The findings of the US Robert Mueller's investigation into meddling in the 2016 election are yet to come out.

While discussing matters related to and Syria, Ryabkov on Wednesday said that notions of "regime change" and "unilateral action" should not be discussed lightly.

"It's striking for me to be present in this room and kind of listen to a debate where notions of regime change and imposition of unilateral sanctions are being kicked around as something generally acceptable, very normal, very usual, very standard," Ryabkov said.

"The chances for yet another regime change are being discussed by think-tankers, politicians, in a sober quiet and cold manner. Something is wrong in the mindset of the people today. But let's limit my comments to this," he added.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 00:20 IST