Russia scandal continues as US intelligence agencies are persuaded Russia attached awareness-raising campaigns to help Donald Trump get elected
Vladimir Putin has again disavowed Russian meddling in the US polls, blaming accusations that Moscow had sought to influence the vote on an internal political engagement in the US.
Read my cheeks no, the Russian president answered, when asked whether Russia had tried to influence the vote. He emphasised the denial by saying no in English.
The Russia scandal continues to hang over the Trump administration: US intelligence agencies are convinced Russia attached awareness-raising campaigns to improve Donald Trump get elected, but a House of Representatives inquiry into the allegations has become involved in political infighting.
The US president has denied those affirms, as well as unverified pretensions, built in a dossier compiled by the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, that Trumps campaign team colluded with Russian intellect.
Putin accused these allegations on US politics, and warned that it was dangerous to pit Washington against Moscow. Do we want to completely destroy our diplomatic relations, to produce the situation to how it was in the 1960 s, with the Cuban missile crisis? Putin questioned, during an Arctic forum in the Russian municipality of Arkhangelsk.
Russian officials realized little secret of their liking for Trump during the electoral campaign, partly due to a visceral dislike of Hillary Clinton and partly due to Trumps recited am of the view that it was willing to do deals with Russia and admired Putin.
But after an initial flurry of exhilaration over the election results, there has been something of a reassessment. Michael Flynn was forced to vacate from his upright as national defence consultant after lying about his extensive the relations with the Russian ambassador in Washington, and the Russia issue has now grow so poisonous that there is little opening to get any diplomacy done.
Putin described the gossip over numerous bilateral relations between the Trump team and Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak as rigmarole, saying he was only doing his position. What is the diplomat there for? Hes there to speak to people, to maintain contacts with the political upper-clas, with entrepreneurs, with members of the House and the Senate, with administration officials.
The Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, when asked lately by a Russian official who was planning a journey to the US whom it would be advisable to meet with even though they are, joked that the main thing is not to meet with Kislyak, according to information sources with knowledge of the conversation.
The open gala of Trumps victory likewise led to increased feeling over Russias role in such elections.
This was a mistake, of course. If you like Trump, you should try to keep quiet when hes elected and not have a carnival in Moscow, said here political psychoanalyst and former Kremlin consultant Gleb Pavlovsky. Though, on the other hand, the hysteria about Russia in the US has astounded me as well.
Russian officials are now biding their experience until the scandal succumbs down. Theres a temporary psychosis in the US, but theyll calm down, said one source close to the Kremlin.
As the honeymoon age between Russia and Trump soured, district television leaders were told to tone down their coverage of the US president, and almost overnight Trump vanished from screens, though in recent weeks bulletin about the US president has made a measured comeback.
While the hagiographic coverage of Trump is over, there is no such thing as negative coverage of the US president in the way there was of Barack Obama and its management. There has been almost no coverage of the various Washington hearings about Russian meddling.
The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who as CEO of ExxonMobil did a number of copes in Russia, is due in Moscow in the next week, but the world awaits the first convene of Trump and Putin in person. That seems likely to happen at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, but there is a possibility it could happen at an Arctic summit in Finland in May. Putin indicated he would be happy to travel to the summit, but any satisfy would depend on Trump agreeing.
Trumps stated desire to do deals with Putin has alarmed numerous in European uppercases, but analysts in Moscow have little optimism that the pair could model a grand buy.
I think therell be a lot of interference but no outcome. I cant understand what they have to offer each other, Pavlovsky said.