After the arrival of the new US President Donald trump to power is unlikely Washington will immediately abandon plans for NATO enlargement and lift sanctions against Russia – in the Kremlin don’t. But expect a more constructive approach.
“We do not expect that we will be able to solve all the problems, we do not expect America to suddenly abandon NATO expansion or by bringing the NATO military infrastructure to our borders”, – said the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov in interview to TV channel “Mir”.
“We do not expect that once sanctions are lifted, and we do not put this issue”, – said the representative of the Kremlin.
But in Moscow lay “some hope for a new, more fresh and more constructive approaches from the new administration.” In particular, Peskov explained, what is meant is Washington’s willingness to conduct a dialogue with Moscow and to consider mutual concerns.
“We don’t know which will be President trump, don’t know what position he will take in relation to Russia, we have never suffered from excessive, unjustified optimism, and not wearing rose-colored glasses. We are well aware that any US President will defend primarily the interests of their country. And we believe that President Putin in the first place and always is in the interests of their country,” – said the press Secretary of the head of state.
Commented on Sands and the impact of sanctions on the economy.
“The volume of our trade and economic ties with the United States never exceeded, perhaps, 24 billion dollars, that for such countries as Russia and America, very small numbers. Why America lost nothing – lost Europe. European farmers, European producers of machinery and so on. They suffer”, – said the representative of the Kremlin. “Overnight, no-one will refuse. But if our partners show a willingness to engage in dialogue in search of solutions and a willingness to address the concerns of each other, so it will be best manifestations, this is a fresh new approach”, – said Peskov.
“Logic dictates that if there is a problem, you need to discuss,” he added. “With US almost all the levels of dialogue are frozen. We do not communicate with each other. Or do it minimally,” – stated the press Secretary of the head of state.