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Russia’s Foreign Minister has insisted that allegations of Kremlin meddling in the US presidential election are “fantasy.”

It comes as Facebook claimed Russia-backed US election content may have been seen by millions of Americans before and after the 2016 presidential election.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is coming under increasing pressure as an ex-adviser has handed himself into the FBI for questioning as part of its investigation into links between the campaign and Russia.

US Federal investigators have charged President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another of his aides as part of the probe into alleged Russian meddling into the election.

Manafort and Rick Gates were charged on 12 counts related to money laundering including "conspiracy against the United States.”

This morning, President Trump tweeted to insist that there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russia.

He said the events leading to Mr Manafort’s arrest took place long before he joined the Trump campaign:

 

Following the charges, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov noted that the allegations centre on Mr Manafort’s work for Ukraine’s former government and not Russia.

He said the charges are an "internal issue" for the US, adding that his country has been implicated in meddling in US and European elections “without a single piece of proof.”

Senior advisor at Washington DC's Atlantic Council, Harlan Ullman has said the charges do not look good for President Trump:

“Once a special council is appointed the writ of that council goes extremely wide,” he said.

“Nobody would have believed that Richard Nixon would lie about the break-in, yet Mr Nixon did.

“And in Monica-gate with Bill Clinton in which he was actually impeached but not convicted – no matter what the White House said, it turned out that things were not going well.”


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