The Kremlin vehemently denies state sponsorship of doping use in Russian sports and needs to verify the authenticity of a national doping agency official's stated admission to that effect, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
"We have naturally denied any state, state services' or bodies' involvement in the possible doping use by athletes. Moreover, we are expecting the results of the investigation," Sputnik cited Peskov as saying.
The New York Times quoted a Russian anti-doping agency acting director, Anna Antseliovich, as saying that the allegations claiming a state-run doping program amounted to "institutional conspiracy."
Peskov said that Antseliovich's words needed to be checked for authenticity. "There are suspicions of this person's involvement, who is in fact seen as one of the main sources in voicing these accusations against us. We categorically deny them," he stressed.