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Kremlin: We will treat all unfounded doping allegations as slander - RIA

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference in Sochi, Russia, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will treat all unfounded allegations of doping against its sportspeople as slander, the RIA news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Wednesday.

Referring to genuine doping cases which have already been proven, Peskov said: "All this does not mean that we are ready to accept any unfounded allegations, any unsubstantiated accusations."

Any new wider allegations not underpinned by hard evidence would be treated as "absolute slander," said Peskov.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs and Maria Kiselyova; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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