During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Friday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov suggested that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin should “meet each other and exchange views” to help build the relationship between the two nations.
“I think if two presidents meet each other, if they exchange views and if they decide that they want to reestablish a dialogue, then there will be chance for our volatile relations to get better,” Peskov told Stephanopoulos during ABC’s Good Morning America.
Peskov’s comments came during the end of the interview in which the Kremlin spokesman defended Russia against allegations of interfering during the U.S. election and possible ties between Russia and the Trump administration.
In a response to Stephanopoulos saying President Putin was quite unfavorable by Americans, Peskov said that’s “not a problem” for Russia but it’s something that they’re “sorry about,” saying that Americans have fallen victim to propaganda.
“They fell victim of that propaganda and that’s why lots of Americans, they do think that yes, Russian hackers are everywhere,” Peskov said. “Russian hackers are in every fridge, Russian hackers are in every iron and so on and so forth. But this is not true. Those are fake news and this is slander.”
Peskov also acknowledged that Russia believes its relations with the United States is still at one of the lowest points in history, possible worse than the Cold War.
“Yes, we’re at the lowest possible point,” Putin’s spokesman said. “And it was mentioned, by the way, by Mr. Putin yesterday night in the city of Arkhangelsk on Arctic forum. It is very dangerous for us to have these low relations, that low relationship.”
“New Cold War. New Cold War, well maybe even worse,” he added. “Maybe even worse, taking into account actions of the present presidential administration in Washington.”