Kremlin calls U.S.-Russian ties ‘frozen’; unsure about Trump
MOSCOW | The Kremlin hopes that Donald Trump’s administration will help improve the strained Russia-U.S. ties that it describes as “frozen,” but it doesn’t expect any immediate breakthroughs, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Wednesday.
Dmitry Peskov told Mir TV that the Kremlin expects the new U.S. administration to take a “fresher and more constructive approach,” while cautioning against “excessive optimism.”
He warned that Washington would be unlikely to reverse such moves as the deployment of NATO’s forces near Russian borders or quickly lift sanctions against Russia.
Mr. Peskov rejected the claims by Mr. Trump’s opponents that the U.S. president-elect is too Russia-friendly, saying that is a reflection of what he called “Russophobia.”