If ever I saw a story that qualified for fake news, this is it. It is hysterical rubbish, it is coming from a sort of liberal media quarter, who can't get to grips with the fact that Brexit happened, that Trump happened. They have to blame someone. There is this vast conspiracy theory that it's all about the Russians and somehow, because I know Donald Trump, and I once met Julian Assange, I'm the sort of spider in the middle of this web.
It is complete rubbish. I've never been to Russia. I never did business with Russia before politics when I had a proper job. I've never had any Russian political connections of any kind at all. And therefore, this story is just a wild conspiracy theory with absolutely no basis in truth.