Med­dling claim de­nied

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MOSCOW: The Krem­lin has dis­missed a US al­le­ga­tion it was med­dling in Mex­i­can pol­i­tics ahead of a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion there as un­founded.

Moscow was re­spond­ing to com­ments made by US National Se­cu­rity Ad­viser HR Mc­Mas­ter in a video clip in which he said there were “ini­tial signs” that Rus­sia was in­ter­fer­ing in the Mex­i­can poll.

Mc­Mas­ter did not elab­o­rate on how Rus­sia was seek­ing to in­flu­ence the July bal­lot when Mex­ico is due to elect a new pres­i­dent to suc­ceed En­rique Pena Ni­eto.

Some an­a­lysts see fron­trun­ner An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left­ist for­mer mayor of Mex­ico City, as the Krem­lin’s favourite.

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