US Secretary of State John Kerry met his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on the sidelines of the ASEAN meeting in Vientiane, Laos on Tuesday. Photograph: (Reuters)
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had rebuffed accusations that Moscow was behind the hacking of DNC emails
US secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that he raised the issue of Russia's involvement in a Democratic National Convention email hacking incident with Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Vientiane.
The meeting in Laos happened amid accusations that Russia is behind the hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails released by Wikileaks on Friday.
Earlier, Lavrov brushed aside the accusations that Russia was involved, saying: "I don't want to use four-letter words."
"With respect to foreign minister Lavrov I did raise the issue of the DNC (Democratic National Convention) and as you know the FBI is investigating the incident and it's important for the FBI to do its work and before we draw any conclusions in terms of what happened or who's behind it, it's very important that whatever public information is put out is based on fact, so I raised the question and we will continue to work to see precisely what those facts are and the FBI has responsibility for this investigation and we'll let them speak as they proceed forward gathering those facts," said Kerry.
Cyber security experts and US officials have said there is evidence that Russia engineered the release of the emails in order to influence the US presidential election.
Although the hacking of the DNC was known to officials and cyber security experts a month ago, the timing of the release of the contents of communications within the party is the concern for US authorities.
Lavrov denies Moscow's involvement