- Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said “broken relations” between the U.S. and Russia is Obama’s legacy, and “the White House continues to act illogically” by not setting up a new meeting between Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin.
- Peskov said: “We see lots of strategic questions on the agenda that should be tackled on the level of two presidents. There is no way for these problems to be solved on a lower level. We understand that lots of questions are coming from the American side that also should be discussed by the presidents.”
- He said the amount of time that has transpired since the Helsinki summit last year has led to issues that “contradict the national interests of our two countries.”
- Peskov said that “there is only so much that Russia can do on its own” and “we can’t be holier than the Pope.”
- Last year, Trump canceled a scheduled meeting with Putin at the G20 summit, but Trump said he might meet with Putin at this year’s G20 summit.
- Peskov said the Kremlin has not received an official request, and the U.S. must make the next move.
- Peskov said: “From the very beginning President Putin insisted that we were ready to go ahead as long and as advanced as our American counterparts are ready to. Unfortunately, now we see that they are not ready to advance at all.”
- He added: “But President Putin is quite an experienced and quite a patient president of quite a patient country.”