If President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the election as critics have cried all year, then he must certainly be a failure as the Kremlin’s puppet.
Russia actually finds its relationship with the U.S. one of the major disappointments of the year, a far cry from what one would expect if they conspired together to meddle in the U.S. election as Democrats and the left have alleged.
“Russian-American relations and the position that Washington takes with regard to our country can only cause regret,” Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters Friday, according to CNN.
Russia has denied meddling in the election and is “still perplexed” by watching ongoing investigations in the U.S. with “bewilderment.”
“We have repeatedly stated our opinion on the anti-Russian hysteria that is fomented and maintained in the U.S. We are still perplexed in connection with all ongoing investigations,” Peskov said. “This, of course, is an internal affair of the United States, but in this case, of course, this is damaging our bilateral relations, and we regret this.”
And while Trump’s critics continue to look for any shred of evidence that the president and Putin’s officials participated in untold manipulation of U.S. politics, Trump seems to have defied Russia at nearly every turn.
According to The Los Angeles Times:
Relations between the U.S. and Russia have been categorized as the worst they’ve been since the end of the Cold War. This year, Washington and Moscow have engaged in a diplomatic tit-for-tat in which both sides have been forced to reduce diplomatic staff, embassy properties have been repossessed by the hosting countries and visa services have been interrupted. The U.S. diplomatic mission to Russia shrank from 1,200 personnel, including some Russian local staff, to just over 450 across all its three consulates and embassy in Moscow. In the U.S., Russia was forced to vacate its San Francisco consulate.
The Kremlin continues to seek good relations with the U.S. based on “mutual trust and mutual respect,” Peskov added but said it takes two to tango.
“We want and are looking for good mutually beneficial relations based on mutual respect, mutual trust with all countries,” he said, “primarily with European ones, including the United States, but it is necessary to dance tango, as they say.”
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote that the U.S. and Russia have a “poor relationship” in a New York Times op-ed this week.
“On Russia, we have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with,” Tillerson wrote. “The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others.”
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