Putin to reciprocate if Washington ready for dialogue with Moscow - Kremlin
Russia expects that Moscow and Washington will manage to establish dialogue, and if the new US administration is ready for this, Russian President Vladimir Putin will certainly take a reciprocal step, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday, TASS reports.
"The thing is that the Russian Federation has been consistently and traditionally calling for kind relations [with the US]," Peskov said in an interview with "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin" program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.
"We are saying in deed and not in name that we are ready to consider the Americans as our partners, they are not ready. But here love can't be forced," Peskov stressed.
"Certainly, we expect that we will be able to establish dialogue," he noted. This will be dialogue in which the sides will confirm that there is some disagreement. But at the same time dialogue is always an opportunity to find "those smallest areas where our relations coincide," Peskov said. "If the current US administration is ready for this approach, I have no doubt that our president will reciprocate," he stated.
The Kremlin spokesman drew attention to the first remarks of new White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, who called for investigating cyber attacks against the US, of which Washington immediately accused Moscow, and "the alleged bounties on US soldiers in Afghanistan."
According to Peskov, this approach was "quite predicted." "That’s because the new administration is old and well-known people," he explained. "As for the statements, the word ‘partner’ is probably not applicable to us for Washington and certainly they still view us more as foes," Peskov noted.