The US Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit against Russia in April. In response, the Russian Ministry of Justice sent a letter to the New York court, recalling the right of Russia as a foreign sovereign state to immunity in this matter.
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The Russian Ministry of Justice, responding to the case of the US Democratic Party about possible Moscow interference in the US elections, sent a letter to the Federal Court of the Southern District of New York saying that the Russian side would not adhere to this process. RIA Novosti has taken note of the corresponding message.
The letter and its annex, according to the agency, are written in 12 pages. When exactly were sent to court, RIA Novosti does not specify.
"The Russian Federation observes respectfully that it does not enter into the aforementioned proceedings, does not waive its sovereign immunity in accordance with international law or the laws of the United States of America or the practice of federal courts in the United States, and does not recognize the jurisdiction of the US District Court ". quotes the text of the message agency. The letter ends, according to RIA Novosti, with the words that "the Russian Federation preserves [в этом деле] all the rights of a foreign sovereign state ".
The message was signed by Mikhail Vinogradov, director of the department of international law and cooperation of the Russian Ministry of Justice, indicates the agency.
The National Committee of the Democratic Party of the United States has filed a lawsuit against Russia due to "interference in the presidential election in America in 2016" in April. In addition to Moscow and the Directorate General of the General Staff of Russia (the case called GRU – Directorate General of Intelligence, renamed in 2010), the respondents in the document indicated the business man Araz Agalarov, the campaign team of the current US president Donald Trump, the same Trump, his neighbor the son-in-law Jared Kushner and his son Donald Trump Jr., as well as WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange.
In the lawsuit, the party claimed that high-level representatives of Trump's election campaign had conspired with the Russian government to inflict damage to former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and to help Trump penetrate Democratic Party computers and distribute documents found in them.
In Moscow, these data have been repeatedly denied before. Trump had previously called them "witch hunts".
However, in the United States from last year, an investigation was conducted on the possible interference of Russia in the US presidential election in 2016. It is led by the special prosecutor Robert Muller. In the Kremlin, for the last time, this production has been called "the headache of American colleagues". "So far, what the commission has been able to produce is a mere accusation, we have nothing to do with this and we do not want to have it," Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in November.