On Wednesday,The Kremlin denied claims that Russia accumulated trading off data on US President-elect Donald Trump, saying they were aimed at damaging Moscow's relations with Washington.
"The Kremlin does not have compromising information on Trump," President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists.
He called the claims published by US media outlet Buzzfeed and attributed to a former British intelligence operative a "total fake" and "an obvious attempt to harm our bilateral relations".
The claims are aimed at "keeping relations (with the United States) in a state of deterioration," instead of becoming constructive, Peskov said.
He also denied allegations that the Kremlin gathered compromising information on the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that "the Kremlin does not work on gathering compromising information".
The Kremlin spokesman described the dossier as "pulp fiction," adding that "undoubtedly you need to react to this with a degree of humour"
Yet, he said that it demonstrated that "there are individuals throwing together agitation with a specific end goal to keep up this climate of a witch chase".
He talked after Trump on Twitter called the claims "an aggregate political witch chase."
The Kremlin works to "arrange relations of the Russian president with our Western partners firstly in the interests of the Russian people and secondly in the interests of global peace and security," Peskov insisted.