Kremlin condemns Donald Trump pre-election clip for demonizing Russia

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MOSCOW (Reuters) -- The Kremlin on Thursday hit out at a pre-election video promoting U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump at Hillary Clinton's expense, complaining that it demonized Russia.

"I saw this clip. I do not know for sure if (President) Vladimir Putin saw it. (But) our attitude is negative," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a teleconference with reporters.

The video attempts to cast doubt over Clinton's ability to deal with Putin, whom it casts as a U.S. foe.

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Presenting what it suggests are America's toughest opponents on the world stage, it shows the Russian leader easily throwing an opponent in a judo bout before cutting to footage of Mohammed Emwazi, the late Islamic State executioner nicknamed "Jihadi John."

It then cuts to a clip of Clinton in which sounds resembling a dog barking have been overlaid. Putin is then shown laughing.

"It's an open secret for us that demonizing Russia and whatever is linked to Russia is unfortunately a mandatory hallmark of America's election campaign," said Peskov. "We always sincerely regret this and wish the (U.S.) electoral process was conducted without such references to our country."

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin says Turkey acted contrary to its own interests by downing a Russian warplane. Speaking at a televised news conference Thursday, Putin said that he sees no possibility of overcoming the diplomatic strain under the current Turkish leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin attends his annual press conference on December 17, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. During the conference, the Russian President spoke about a number of topics including doping in sport, the situation in Ukraine and the downing of a Russian combat jet by Turkey last month. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Journalists raise their hands for questions during Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference in Moscow on December 17, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 17 described US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a talented and outstanding man. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin says that Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization despite plum meting prices. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin says Turkey acted contrary to its own interests by downing a Russian warplane. Speaking at a televised news conference Thursday, Putin said that he sees no possibility of overcoming the diplomatic strain under the current Turkish leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual end of year news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Putin says that Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization despite plummeting oil prices. Putin, speaking Thursday at a news conference televised live, said that despite a GDP drop caused by a drop in global oil prices, Russia's main commodity, the nation's industries have started to rebound. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference on December 17, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. During the conference, the Russian President spoke about a number of topics including doping in sport, the situation in Ukraine and the downing of a Russian combat jet by Turkey last month. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Putin says that Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization despite plummeting oil prices. Putin, speaking Thursday at a news conference televised live, said that despite a GDP drop caused by a drop in global oil prices, Russia's main commodity, the nation's industries have started to rebound. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he leaves a hall after his annual press conference in Moscow on December 17, 2015. Russian President Vladimir Putin on December 17 described US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump as a talented and outstanding man. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference in Moscow on December 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin said on December 17 Russia was prepared to face any economic situation as the country's energy-dependent economy reels from lower oil prices. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Putin says that Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilization despite plummeting oil prices. Putin, speaking Thursday at a news conference televised live, said that despite a GDP drop caused by a drop in global oil prices, Russia's main commodity, the nation's industries have started to rebound. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference in Moscow on December 17, 2015. AFP PHOTO / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA / AFP / NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA (Photo credit should read NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)
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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - DECEMBER 17: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference on December 17, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. During the conference, the Russian President spoke about a number of topics including doping in sport, the situation in Ukraine and the downing of a Russian combat jet by Turkey last month. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. President Vladimir Putin says Turkey acted contrary to its own interests by downing a Russian warplane. Speaking at a televised news conference Thursday, Putin said that he sees no possibility of overcoming the diplomatic strain under the current Turkish leadership. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Russian state TV, which usually closely reflects the Kremlin's world view, has generally been more positive about Trump than the other presidential candidates.

However it has complained about what it says is the anti-Russian tenor of the overall campaign, criticizing almost all of the candidates for statements they have made on Russia.

The United States accused Russia of not bombing Islamic State targets in Syria with the same ferocity or frequency as it targeted what Washington said were more moderate groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad.

The Kremlin has denied that charge, declaring Islamic State a dangerous threat to its own security. It has bristled in the past at any Western attempts to liken the threat Russia purportedly poses to the West to that represented by Islamic State.

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