Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, who has been at the center of much of the Trump-Russia collusion allegations, said in an interview published Wednesday that the meddling accusations and sanctions have caused damaged to relations between Moscow and Washington.
Kislyak, who has served as Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2008, said in the interview with TASS, “Work with Donald Trump’s administration is unfolding uneasily.”
“The internal political struggle in the United States has dealt a heavy blow to Russian-US relations. Sometimes, you are surprised at the ease with which the American establishment is ready to sacrifice normalcy in our relations,” he stated.
The interview occurred just before President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to meet for the first time at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Regarding the upcoming meeting, Kislyak said, “I hope it will determine in which direction interaction between our countries will further develop. There are always opportunities for positive turnarounds. What is needed is the resolve not to miss such opportunities. Let’s see what the US will do for the meeting.”
When asked whether there is still hope, Kislyak reported stated, “It’s hard to count on a quick and easy way to normalization: there are too many people who want to hinder its advance. The sanctioning frenzy against our country in the US Congress only confirms that. The new sanctions are another headache.”
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