(Channel News Asia) MOSCOW: Donald Trump said during his election campaign he wanted to improve relations between the US and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But a year on from his inauguration, ties between Washington and Moscow are at Cold War lows.
As American investigators continue to probe Russian involvement in Trump’s shock 2016 election victory over Hillary Clinton, Moscow talks of the US president as a hostage to internal political struggles who is unable to improve ties.
“Russian-American relations deserve better, our people deserve better,” the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told AFP. […]
After accusing the Obama administration of deliberately destroying Russian-American relations, Moscow had “big hopes” the election of Trump would improve the relationship, according to Russian analyst Ivan Kurilla.
“There is an impression that the Russian elite continues to believe the Trump administration does not want full confrontation with Russia and a hope for improvement remains,” Kurilla, of the European University in Saint Petersburg, told AFP. “If not this year, then the next,” he added. […]
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