Russia's foreign minister on Friday blasted the scandal around links between Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSeven key players for Trump on immigration Spicer: Media coverage of Trump has not been fair Kasich finds it hard to rule out 2020 MORE's presidential campaign and the Kremlin, echoing Trump's words in calling it a "witch hunt."
"Countries appoint ambassadors in order to maintain relations, this is done through meetings, conversations and contacts with state officials and legislators," Sergei Lavrov said, according to Tass News Agency.
Lavrov's wording was nearly identical to Trump's. The president on Thursday tweeted: "The real story is all of the illegal leaks of classified and other information. It is a total 'witch hunt!' "