MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin stated relations between Moscow and Washington have been getting worse and worse, noting in an interview revealed on Thursday that the present US administration had imposed dozens of sanctions on Russia.
Putin made his gloomy evaluation forward of a G20 summit in Japan later this month at which he may meet US President Donald Trump.
US-Russia ties stay strained by every thing from Syria to Ukraine in addition to allegations of Russian interference in US politics, which Moscow denies.
“They (our relationships) are going downhill, they’re getting worse and worse,” Putin advised the Mir TV channel, based on a Kremlin transcript.
“The present administration has accepted, in my view, a number of dozen selections on sanctions in opposition to Russia lately.”
The Russian chief contrasted Moscow’s troubled relationship with Washington with what he described as its blossoming ties with China, a deepening strategic friendship that has alarmed some US policymakers.
Trump advised reporters on Wednesday that he would meet Putin on the G20 in Japan, however the Kremlin stated a day earlier that the concept for the assembly was “hanging within the air” and that there have been no discussions on specifics but.
Trump stated on Wednesday he hoped america would have “an excellent relationship with Russia,” however pledged to deploy 1,000 US troops to Poland, a step sought by Warsaw to discourage potential aggression from Russia.
In one other transfer sure to rankle with Moscow, Trump stated on Wednesday he was contemplating sanctions over Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pure gasoline pipeline venture and warned Germany in opposition to being depending on Russia for power.
Putin, who has spoken out in favour of China in its burgeoning commerce warfare with america, stated in the identical interview that he hoped for smoother ties with Washington regardless of the present trajectory of their relationship.
“…We actually hope that frequent sense will prevail in the long run,” stated Putin.
“That with all of our companions, together with our American companions … we will attain some selections within the framework of the forthcoming G20 that will probably be constructive and create the required secure circumstances for financial cooperation.”