Conversations between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have not resulted in significant benefits for Moscow, prompting frustration in Russia, according to a spokesman for the Kremlin.
“Well, I respect a lot of people but that doesn’t mean I’m going to get along with him,” President Trump recently told Fox News, referring to his Russian counterpart. “He’s a leader of his country. I say it’s better to get along with Russia than not.”
”And if Russia helps us in the fight against ISIS [Islamic State], which is a major fight, and Islamic terrorism all over the world, that’s a good thing,” he also said, adding, “Will I get along with him? I have no idea.”
Despite expectations that the election of President Trump would give way to a new era of thawing relations between Cold War foes Russia and the U.S., Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reportedly indicated, “There has been little meaningful communication between Washington and Moscow.”
The Independent noted:
The two leaders are yet to meet face to face, although they had a telephone conversation shortly after Mr. Trump was inaugurated, prompting speculation that three years of tensions between the two countries might be coming to an end.
But the phone call was said to have entailed only Mr. Putin offering his congratulations to Mr. Trump followed by a brief discussion on the current state of relations between the former Cold War enemies.
Russia’s expectations that sanctions against the Kremlin imposed for its intervention in Ukraine would be dropped after Trump took office have seemingly turned out to be nothing more than a pipe dream. full story