>> The Kremlin on Monday issuing its first official response to the US Intelligence Community's report alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a hacking campaign to influence the US presidential election. Christian Lowe is Reuters' Moscow bureau chief.>> The Kremlin reaction was, essentially, that this report was groundless.
A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, called it amateurish and unprofessional. And he said it contained nothing of any substance that would prove the allegations that the United States is making. He also said that the allegations, in general, are reminiscent of a witch hunt. The fact that the Kremlin spokesman is using those words about a witch hunt is interesting because it echoes a phrase that was used by Trump, himself, a few days ago.
He told the New York Times in an interview that the allegations that Russia had helped him win the election amounted to a political witch hunt. Now, this similarity in the phrases they're using, I'm sure, will be picked up on by Trump opponents who already accuse him of reading from a Kremlin script.
>> The Russian response comes after Trump's incoming chief of staff said on Sunday that the President-elect acknowledges and accepts the US Intelligence Community's conclusion that Russia was behind the cyberattacks. In Moscow, when asked if Putin had read the report, the Kremlin spokesman said there was nothing in the document, quote, that's worth reading in detail.
>> The Kremlin is sending a message that there's nothing new hear, this is an old story, let's move on. And I think they're very much looking forward to January 20th, which is when the US presidential inauguration will take place. And then Russia is anticipating a new, much more friendly relationship with the new US administration.
>> The Kremlin says that once Trump's inaugurated on January 20th, it will work to find a date for a first meeting between Putin and Trump.