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Russia says it hopes US wouldn't release Trump-Putin calls

A spokesman for the Kremlin expressed concern that the U.S. could publish transcripts of calls between President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinDo Biden's 'tough new sanctions' give Putin Nord Stream 2? Russia vows retaliation for new US sanctions: 'We do not intend to put up with this' Wray hints at federal response to SolarWinds hack MORE following the publication this week of a readout of a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The Associated Press reported that a Kremlin spokesman told reporters on a press call that such an action could harm already "troubled" U.S.-Russia relations.

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“We would like to hope that it wouldn’t come to that in our relations, which are already troubled by a lot of problems," said Dmitry Peskov.

“The materials related to conversations between heads of states are usually classified according to normal international practice,” he added.

A spokeswoman for Russia's foreign ministry also reportedly ripped into Democrats including Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE (D-Calif.), accusing them of turning the U.S. into a laughingstock.

“Is it the Democrats’ job to make a laughingstock of the United States?” she asked, according to the AP. “It’s exactly what Ms. Pelosi has done to Congress, the White House and other state institutions.”

The publication of the readout of Trump's call with Zelensky has added fuel to Democrats' pressing for impeachment proceedings, which Pelosi announced on Tuesday.

Democrats have accused Trump of improperly pressuring Zelensky to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe West needs a more collaborative approach to Taiwan Abbott's medical advisers were not all consulted before he lifted Texas mask mandate House approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act MORE after bringing up military aid during his call with the Ukrainian leader.

Republicans and allies of the White House have denied that Trump was involved in any wrongdoing, and argue that no language exists in the readout indicating that Trump exerted pressure on Zelensky to launch the probe.

Biden remains the top contender in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential primary and has accused Trump of abusing the office of the presidency to attack his family while denying any wrongdoing himself.