Dmitry Peskov has been a top aide to Vladimir Putin for nearly two decades and currently serves as Putin’s spokesman.
Peskov has publicly denied Kremlin involvement in the U.S. election, claiming that such allegations are “fake.” When asked about the unanimous finding by all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the U.S. election, Peskov said, “We have never seen any evidence.” Peskov also said that during the campaign, Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met with Donald Trump and his associates—including ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, ex-Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and ex-Trump campaign policy adviser J.D. Gordon—because “[h]e was talking about what is going on in the United States so we have a better understanding in Moscow.” Peskov has often praised Trump and has even said his foreign policy approach is “phenomenally close” to Putin’s. Peskov confirmed that Michael Cohen emailed his office in regards to a prospective Trump Tower Moscow deal, but claimed that he did not reply or pass the question along to Putin. (Photo credit: Valery Sharifulin / Getty Images)