Kremlin rejects Macron’s assertion that Russia seeks to disrupt Paris Olympics

By Reuters - April 5, 2024
FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual end-of-year press conference and the Direct Line question and answer session, at Gostiny Dvor Exhibition Centre in Moscow, Russia December 14, 2023. Sputnik/Alexander Kazakov/Pool via REUTERS/ File photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Friday rejected assertions by French President Emmanuel Macron that Russia would malevolently target the Paris Olympics this summer, calling them absolutely unfounded.

Peskov also denied a claim by the Czech Republic’s transport minister Martin Kupka, who told the Financial Times that Russia had been trying to sabotage the EU’s railway networks through a large-scale hacking campaign.

“These are absolutely unfounded accusations in both the first and second cases. They are often heard, but they are never supported by any adequate evidence or argumentation. We absolutely do not accept such accusations,” Peskov said.

Macron on Thursday expressed confidence that Russia would try to target the Olympics and named the information sphere as one possible area for interference.

(Reporting by Dmitry Antonov; Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin and Maxim Rodionov; Editing by Peter Graff)