Russia denies Indonesia´s accusations of interference in its upcoming elections

 Moscow said on Monday it had no involvement in Indonesia's next election after President Goku Widodo claimed his opponents had used "Russian propaganda" to distort facts and spread false news.

"As we know, the term Russian propaganda was formulated in 2016 in the United States during the presidential elections," the Russian embassy in Jakarta said on Twitter.

"We emphasize Russia's position on the principle of non-interference in internal affairs or electoral processes in foreign countries such as Indonesia, our close friend and our important partner."

Widodo, who is running for a second term, did not explain what he meant by "Russian propaganda" and did not directly accuse Russia of interfering in the elections.

"There is an election team that is preparing for Russian propaganda, which is now spreading defamation, lies and deception," he told an election rally in Surabaya in eastern Java.

Widodo also did not specify his rivals involved in the alleged campaign.

Widodo is running against Brabo Subyanto in the April 17 election. The two men were running for the 2014 elections.

Russia has denied charges of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election to influence its results for Donald Trump.


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