Russia says accusations that it meddled in U.S. affairs by hacking are 'unsubstantiated'

FILE PHOTO: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, Syria September 7, 2020. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Accusations that Russia used hackers to meddle in the United States’ internal affairs are “unsubstantiated”, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

Microsoft Corp MSFT.O said on Thursday that hackers linked to Russia, China and Iran were trying to spy on people linked to U.S. presidential candidates Donald Trump, the incumbent, and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

Lavrov said the United States itself promoted its own interests illegally. He was speaking at a news conference with his Chinese counterpart.

Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Kevin Liffey