Russia: Peskov expresses 'hope' for normalisation of US-Russia relations

Dmitri Peskov, Russian Presidential press secretary (Russian): «There is no clear agenda from A to Z, it will be determined by the heads of states themselves.» RT reporter (Russian): «Western media talk about some big bargaining, which is in Finland. How relevant is the word 'bargaining' and in general does Moscow have something to bargain with the Americans?» Dmitri Peskov, Russian... Еще Presidential press secretary (Russian): «No, the word 'bargaining' is absolutely inappropriate here, here there is rather a question of comparing positions, of explaining positions to each other in order to confirm or dispel fears on each other on a number of issues. You know that the relations are in a deplorable state and you know that Russia was not the initiator of such a collapse of the whole complex of our relations. We hope that at least some rudiments of political will for the normalisation of relations will be shown.» RT reporter (Russian): «That is, the rumours in US media that Russia may be ready to give Edward Snowden to Washington, these rumours are not true?» Dmitri Peskov, Russian Presidential press secretary (Russian): «No, this is out of the question.» RT reporter (Russian): «And when it comes to discussing Crimea, why are you so categorical? After all, in the West there is an opinion that it is Trump who can talk about the Crimean question in the way that is not particular for US and European politicians. Maybe it is worth talking about it with him?» Dmitri Peskov, Russian Presidential press secretary (Russian): «It is better to talk only in one way, to say that the repetition of such a phrase, that if Russia will not give up Crimea there will not be this or that, the repetition of this as a kind of mantra is absolutely illogical and futile. And this is the way to nowhere, this means that nothing ever will be.» RT reporter (Russian): «Maybe Trump is the politician who will stop repeating this mantra, do not you count on it?» Dmitri Peskov, Russian Presidential press secretary (Russian): «You know, we never wore rose-tinted glasses and do not wear them now, but of course you can count on it.» Russian Presidential spokesperson Dmitri Peskov expressed hope for a normalisation of relations between the US and Russia, during an interview with RT in Moscow on Friday. «We hope that at least some rudiments of political will for the normalisation of relations will be shown,» Peskov said referring to the state of US-Russia relations. Peskov answered negatively to a question about rumours that Russia may hand whistle-blower Edward Snowden over to the United States. Peskov also denied the RT correspondent's hypothesis that US President Donald Trump may help Russia on the issue of Crimea. «We never wore rose-tinted glasses and do not wear them now, but of course you can count on it,» said the press secretary.

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