The Kremlin says bilateral relations between Russia and the US are “maybe even worse” than how they were during the Cold War era.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the remarks during an interview with US media, RT reported on Saturday.
He noted that the amount of blatant anti-Moscow propaganda being aired on US television has resulted in Americans imagining Russian hackers everywhere.
“The US public have been a target for severe anti-Russian propaganda, and they felt victims of that propaganda, and because of that, the American people think that yes, Russian hackers are everywhere, in every fridge, iron, and so on and so forth. But it’s not true! Those are fake news [stories] and this is slander,” he added.
Peskov also stressed that all claims pertaining to Russia meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections were libelous.
“This campaign was nothing but slander, all those fake news [stories] having nothing beneath and no evidence. We’ll continue to suggest to everyone saying that Russia was interfering in the domestic affairs,” he added.
He also stressed that Russian President Vladimir Putin does not necessarily prefer President Donald Trump to other US presidents, and that it is a simple matter of “whose ideas are closer to you, and whose ideas are more welcomed in Russian public opinion.”
“Listen, it’s simple. We have a variety of politicians in every country, and in the US some of them are saying that they are in favor or re-establishing good relationship with Russia. [They say], ‘We think that we have a lot of problems, and we are sure that we won’t be able to agree upon everything, but we are sure that we have to have a dialogue,’” He added.
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