Everybody in the United States is saying that it is Russia which is running the [US] presidential election. We have not seen a single fact...
Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, told CNN on Tuesday the claims that Russia is trying to influence the U.S. presidential elections are "flattering" but "ridiculous."
On Friday, the U.S. government officially attributed multiple email hacks to Russia.
Coordination with hacked emails
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said America's response to Russia would be "proportional," but did not clarify what that would entail, CNN reports.
Democratic Party officials have accused Russia of coordinating the release of hacked DNC emails to benefit Donald Trump, who has expressed admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Russian FM Lavrov on suggestion of US retaliation for alleged hacking: “If they decided to do something, let them do it."— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 12, 2016
Lavrov seemed to welcome any response.
Just as Russian troops sighted in Crimea a couple years ago was "ridiculous". Lavrov's stock answer.— Under the Radar (@retail_recruit) October 12, 2016
Some remembered the "ridiculous" comment in a different light.
WATCH | Trump also has used a false Russian news story to bash Hillary Clinton. One story quoted a Hillary Clinton aide as making comments about the Benghazi attack, but it actually selectively quoted a news article the aide had emailed. (Skip to 13:25 above.)