The so-called “Kremlin report” of the United States is an attempt to influence the upcoming elections of the Russian president. The press secretary of Vladimir Putin Dmitry Peskov said this to the journalists of the ITAR-TASS agency.
"We really believe that this is a direct and obvious attempt to time some actions to the elections so as to exert influence on them," the Kremlin representative said.
"We do not agree with this, and we are convinced that there will be no influence," Peskov stressed.
In his opinion, "the publication of the list itself does not mean anything, and it is not another sanction wave."
"At the same time, of course, we will have to look and analyze what actions follow the publication, which, of course, will be analyzed in Moscow, so that in any case both our interests and the interests of our companies will be ensured as much as possible," he promised.
As it was reported earlier Trump's administration will present the so-called "Kremlin report" to Congress on Monday - a list of officials, politicians and businessmen with the analysis of their connections with the Russian authorities. The report is intended to “name and shame” Russia’s elite who prop up Putin, and to send a message “that Putin’s aggression in terms of Russian interference in our elections will be very costly to them,” said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of State who led the State Department Russia sanctions office.
The law calls for a road map to corruption in Russia, including the most significant political figures as determined by their closeness to the Russian regime and their net worth, and their relationship to Putin and his associates. The law also requires the report to include the sources of income of those wealthy businessmen, their spouses, children, parents and siblings and non-Russian business affiliations.