"We haven't been wearing rose-tinted glasses, we never harbored illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed in," he said during a conference call.
Peskov pointed out that there hasn’t been extended contact between Trump and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges General promises 'surge' to fight ransomware attacks MORE yet and said that the Kremlin would have to wait until the two men converse more before identifying possible areas of mutual cooperation.
"There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state,” Peskov said. “It's not known when this will happen.”
“And probably only after they talk will it be clear where significant differences remain and where it is possible to discover areas for cooperation,” he added.
As a presidential candidate, Trump spoke fondly of Putin and has frequently expressed a desire to improve relations with Russia, saying that the country could be a valuable ally in the United States’ fight in Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
But that call for cooperation has been marred by revelations that Russia carried out a hacking and influence campaign to aid Trump’s 2016 presidential bid. And recent reports that former national security adviser Michael Flynn discussed U.S. sanctions with Russia’s ambassador have aimed more scrutiny at Trump’s relationship with the Kremlin.
Trump on Thursday defended Flynn, who resigned earlier this week, as a “fine man” and claimed that his communications with the Russian ambassador weren't inappropriate. He also reiterated his calls to work with the Kremlin toward common goals, but complained that the media is undermining his ability to negotiate with Putin.