Kremlin Spox On US Relations: 'New Cold War? Well, Maybe Even Worse'
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 14:44
President Vladimir Putin declared Thursday his readiness to meet with US President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic Summit, while reiterating rejections of allegations that Russian meddled in the US Presidential election.
At the Arkhangelsk forum, the Russian president conceded that investigations in the US of alleged Kremlin involvement in the presidential election past year were holding up dialog with the new administration of President Donald Trump.
The Kremlin spokesman said that however bad relations are now between Russian Federation and the US, they could improve.
Asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos if there is a "new Cold War", Peskov replied, "Well, maybe even worse".
Peskov addressed the sanctions put in place by former President Barack Obama last December, which were accompanied by Obama stating that there were a number of Russian intelligence operatives who attempted to tamper with the election. "New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse", Peskov said.
Asked to elaborate on why, he mentioned the "present presidential administration's actions", citing the "illegal actions against Russia property in Washington and NY, extraditing Russian diplomats and all that stuff".
Peskov then went into a lengthy description of how it was only natural that Putin would want to work with worldwide figures more favorably disposed to Russian interests. He said many Russians supported Trump's presidency due to remarks he made during his campaign.
"No, it's not about preferring someone, it's about whose ideas are more close to you and whose ideas are more welcomed in Russian public opinion".
"The reason is very simple".
Mr Putin's comments came as the US' Senate Intelligence Committee was set to begin a hearing entitled "Disinformation: A Primer in Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns", which will focus on understanding the method of Russia's active disinformation campaign and assess the extent of Moscow's interference. Repeating his hope that the current frosty relationship between Moscow and Washington would soon start to thaw, Putin once again rejected any notion that the Kremlin had interfered in last year's U.S. election.