MOSCOW – The Kremlin views on the ongoing tension on russia’s relations with the United States as a major disappointment of the year, President Vladimir putin’s spokesman said Friday.
The ties between Moscow and Washington sank to a post-Cold War low following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the allegations of its interference in the AMERICAN presidential election of last year. The Kremlin hopes for warmer relations under President Donald Trump, are withered, in the middle of the Congress, and the FBI investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s campaign and Russia.
The two countries launched tit-for-tat measures to insulting each other throughout the year, ranging from restrictions on embassy staff legislation targeting state-owned media.
Asked to the Kremlin the biggest disappointments of 2017, Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the deterioration of the relations with the U.S. were “definitely” on the list.
Russia has denied any interference in the AMERICAN elections, and Peskov noted that the Kremlin is watching the current AMERICAN studies ‘ bewilderment.”
“It is the US internal business, but it is certainly pain of the bilateral relations, and we regret that,” he said.
Peskov reiterated the Kremlin’s position that Russia wants good relations with US based on mutual trust and mutual respect”, but added that “it takes two to tango.”
Russian officials and lawmakers last week expressed displeasure with the US decision to leave Ukraine with lethal weapons, such as anti-tank missiles, warning the move would only fuel hostilities in the east of Ukraine.
Speaking to reporters at the Pentagon Friday, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the U.S. approach to Ukraine conflict with Russia-backed separatist rebels was not to change, despite the decision to supply weapons to the Ukraine.
“I don’t see a developing U. S military role in Ukraine,” Mattis said. “Right now, we have a number of trainers there to help train their army to NATO standards, and that has a lot to do with the creation of the particular in service of the needs of the Ukrainian people, in the way democracies’ armies do, so that the AMERICAN military role remains the same.”
He said that there are no plans to expand the US presence in Ukraine, and also downplayed the potential impact of the new poor are land supply.
“As long as no one wants to invade Ukraine, hopefully this has no major impact,” Mattis said. “They are defensive weapons.”