Peskov: Moscow and Trump's staff were in contact during elections
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian experts had contacts with people in both the Trump and Clinton campaigns in the US.
He told The Associated Press in an interview in New York that such contacts are "quite natural, quite normal.
"And our experts, our specialists on the US are constantly speaking to their counterparts here, including those from Mr. Trump's group," Peskov said.
"Of course, it's quite natural that Russian experts are trying to maintain the dialogue with people from different camps. It's very important to understand the main streams, and understand the main tendencies, nuances and the positioning of different parties, different camps here in the United States," he said.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks denied such contacts. "It never happened," she said. "There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign."
Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that "there were contacts" with influential people in Trump's circle. "I don't say that all of them, but a whole array of them supported contacts with Russian representatives."