Kremlin: By Accusing Putin of Corruption, U.S. Seeks to Influence Russia Election

The graft accusation is 'outrageous and insulting,' Russian president's spokesman says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov attend a meeting with the State Council Presidium on Russia's import-substitution in the Urals city of Nizhny Tagil, Russia November 25, 2015.
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REUTERS - Statements by U.S. officials alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin is corrupt are outrageous and insulting, the Kremlin said on Friday, adding that they were an attempt to influence Russia's next presidential election. 

A White House spokesman said that earlier comments by a U.S. Treasury Department official alleging Putin is corrupt were a reflection of the administration's view. 

"This statement is outrageous and insulting," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with journalists, referring to the White House comment. 

"In general, we see that overseas they have started preparing for Russia's presidential election which is still more than two years away," Peskov said. 

"It is clear that negative stuff is being accumulated to be used against the head of our state ... to exert pressure and influence the course of the future election campaign."