MOSCOW - The Russian government was in touch with members of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign staff during the US election campaign, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday.
"There were contacts," Interfax cited Ryabkov as saying. He did not give details.
When asked whether these contacts would now intensify after Trump's election victory, Ryabkov said: "These working moments and follow-up on this or that matter will depend on the situation and the questions which face us. But we will of course continue this work after the elections."
Defeated Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton accused Trump of being a "puppet" of President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, and US officials said Russia had hacked into Democratic party emails, something Moscow denied.