U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has accepted Russian involvement in cyber-attacks against U.S. institutions during last year's presidential elections, according to a top aide.
The Kremlin has been repeatedly accused of orchestrating the release of some 20,000 emails from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), in a scandal which led to the resignation of DNC chairperson Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
In a statement released on Friday, Trump acknowledged that "Russia, China, other countries, outside groups and people are consistently trying to break through the cyber infrastructure of our governmental institutions, businesses and organizations including the Democrat(ic) National Committee."
Trump made the statement after he received a full briefing by U.S. intelligence agencies, which claimed the Kremlin planned the hack to deliberately discredit Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Russia has called the accusations “absurd” and denies any involvement.