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Russia slams social media expert's claim that it may target Indian polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today dismissed as "false" a social media expert's claim that may interfere in elections in countries such as through their media and said it will never act against Indian interests.

The strong reaction from the here came after Philip N Howard, an social media expert, last week made the claim during a hearing of the on Foreign Influence on Social Media platforms.

The said the country has never interfered in internal of other nations as it goes against the fundamental principles of its foreign policy.

"This blatantly false and unfounded assertion is a phoney attempt to drive a wedge between and her BRICS partners following the success of the recent summit meeting of the group in Johannesburg," the embassy said in a statement.

It is common knowledge that enjoys camaraderie with and will never do anything that goes against interests and dignity of the "friendly Indian nation", it said.

Howard's mention of likely Russian interference in the Indian and Brazilian elections through their media, without any further explanation, had come in response to a question from US Senator after he gave some examples of such an interference in the Hungarian media.

The situation could be more dangerous in those countries where the media is not as professional as that of the US, the statutory at the and had said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 20:25 IST