Russia welcome to observe US election: State Dept

Russia welcome to observe US election: State Dept

WASHINGTON (APP) - Russia is welcome to send observers to the US presidential election, even if their requests smack of a propaganda stunt, the State Department said Friday.

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Moscow has been accused of trying to undermine the race through cyber attacks against US political targets, and its observers complain they were refused accreditation.

But State Department spokesman John Kirby said there is no policy to refuse Russian observers.

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He noted that Russian officials were offered places on a team being fielded by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which monitors elections in all its member states, including the United States.

"We told the Russian government that they were welcome to observe our elections," Kirby said.