Krem­lin calls U.S.-Rus­sian ties ‘frozen’; un­sure about Trump

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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.”

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