The state Department commented on the idea of Ovechkin to build a “Team Putin”

WASHINGTON, 3 Dec – RIA Novosti. The U.S. state Department commented on the initiative residing in Washington Russian hockey player Alexander Ovechkin on creating a public movement of the Putin team, which translates as “Putin’s Team”.

“The United States respects the right to freedom of speech and thought” — said RIA Novosti the representative of the press service of the us Department of.

Ovechkin, who since 2005, plays for the club NHL Washington capitals and is currently its captain, on the eve announced that creates a social movement for Team Putin — “Putin’s Team”. The athlete said that it has always openly supported the Russian leader. According to him, the objective movement is to unite all the supporters of Putin in one team to “show a strong and United Russia.”

The Kremlin welcomed the initiative of the hockey player. Thus a press-the Secretary of President Dmitry Peskov said that he did not know in what form the initiative will be implemented Ovechkin.

The statement of one of the most popular in Russia, and North America hockey followed on the background of aggravation of relations between Moscow and Washington. In the United States are now being investigated so-called “Russian intervention in the American elections” and alleged links trump with Moscow that refute as the White house and the Kremlin, conducted in the U.S. justice Department and in Congress.

Russia has repeatedly denied accusations of attempts to influence U.S. elections, but the press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov called them “completely unfounded”.