London, United Kingdom:
Russia's ambassador to London dismissed allegations by the UK and its allies that it had helped hackers target laboratories that do coronavirus vaccine research in a British television interview scheduled to air on Sunday.
Andrei Kelin said Thursday's UK, US and Canada allegations that a hacking group called APT29 was behind the online attacks and "almost certainly" connected to Russian intelligence made "no sense".
"I don't believe in this story at all, it makes no sense," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, adding that he had learned about the existence of the hacking collective from British media reports.
"In this world, it is impossible to attribute any type of computer hacker to a country."
Kelin, who was named Moscow's best envoy to Britain in November last year, also rejected London's separate claim that "Russian actors" wanted to disrupt the UK general election last year.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Thursday that the perpetrators had leaked leaked trade documents between the United Kingdom and the United States to widen competition.
"I see no reason to use this topic as an interference thing," said Kelin.
"We don't interfere at all. We see no point in the disturbance … we'll try to regulate relationships and build better relationships than we do now."
Russia and Britain have been in conflict since Moscow was accused of attempting to kill double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018 with a powerful military-grade nerve agent.
The attack in Salisbury in south-west England occurred 12 years after the radiation poisoning of former spy Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Again, Russia refused to participate and Kelin said the country was ready to break away from the controversy.
"We are ready to turn the page and we are ready to do business with the UK," he added.
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