The Russian mission to the UN in New York says it has turned down a request from John McCain to help fund his presidential campaign.

Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin and others received standard mail-outs asking them to help “stop the Democrats from seizing control of Washington”.

Spokesmen for the McCain campaign and the mission accepted the letters were “a computer error”.

Mr McCain has been a strong opponent of Russia on human rights and Georgia.

from the BBC