Peskov: Conclusions on Russia-U.S. relations to be drawn after leaders meet
The Kremlin still has no illusions concerning the possibility of improving Russian-U.S. relations but believes it will be possible to draw conclusions only after Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump hold a meeting, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Feb. 17.
"It has been only a month (since Trump’s inauguration) so it is too early to draw any conclusions and make assessments, especially since the two leaders haven’t met yet," he said.
According to Peskov, it was still unclear when the first meeting between Putin and Trump could take place. "After they meet each other in person and have substantial talks, it will be clear where we could cooperate and what differences remain," the Kremlin spokesman added.
"As for satisfaction and disappointment (from Trump’s first month in office), we have been saying in the past several months that we view the world with open eyes and never no illusions so we have nothing to be disappointed at," Peskov said.
According to Peskov, the Kremlin did not have time to watch Trump’s press conference on Feb. 16. "The Kremlin has a lot of domestic issues to tackle which are more important for us than a press conference given by the U.S. president. With all due respect, we have neither an opportunity to follow all the U.S. president’s press conferences nor the intention to do so," Peskov added.