PressTV-US indictments ‘big distraction’ ahead of Putin summit

The US Justice Department’s indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officials in connection with the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election are “a big distraction” from what President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir should discuss in their upcoming summit, says a political writer and activist.

“In reality these indictments won’t make a difference; these people are in Russia, they probably had no plan to go to the United States,” Adam Garrie, director at Eurasia Future, said in an interview on Friday.

All the 12 defendants were members of the GRU, a Russian Federation intelligence agency within the Russian military, the Justice Department announced on Friday.

The indictments were part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The Russians were accused of being involved in “sustained effort” to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks during the 2016 election.

“There is no allegation in this…

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