Kremlin sees no ‘bright prospects’ for normalizing relations with US

Kremlin sees no ‘bright prospects’ for normalizing relations with US

The Kremlin on Wednesday said that the results of the U.S. midterm elections are unlikely to negatively affect relations between the two countries, noting it would “be hard to make [the relationship] worse.”

Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for the Kremlin, told reporters that Democrats taking control of the House and ensuring a divided U.S. government for the next two years is unlikely to worsen tensions between the U.S. and Russia since they are already so bad.

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“We can say with a large amount of confidence that of course no bright prospects for normalizing Russian-American relations can be seen on the horizon,” Peskov said, according to Reuters.

Peskov said it will be up to President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Ayers decision casts harsh light on Trump NASA offers to show Stephen Curry evidence from moon landings Freedom Caucus calls on leadership to include wall funding, end to 'catch and release' in funding bill MORE and Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue a dialogue between the two countries.

Trump said Monday that the two leaders would "probably not" meet next week during Armistice Day celebrations in Paris. Instead, the president said he would meet with Putin on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Argentina that begins in late November.

The Kremlin later contradicted Trump and said the two men will meet briefly in Paris.

The U.S.-Russia relationship has been fraught for years.

The Obama and Trump administrations have implemented numerous sanctions on Moscow for its behavior on the international stage, including for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump's rhetoric, however, has been far softer toward the Kremlin. He has repeatedly said it would be a positive for the two countries to work together and has at times cast doubt on the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.