Published: Wed, January 18, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

Rep. King: Vladimir Putin Is an 'Enemy of the US'

Rep. King: Vladimir Putin Is an 'Enemy of the US'

Donald Trump, US president-elect, told a British newspaper that he will offer to end sanctions against Russian Federation in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with the Kremlin. "Russian Federation does not see the relationship between disarmament and the lifting of sanctions", Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, said that lifting sanctions should be a part of a separate dialogue about normalizing U.S. relations. He added though that those behind the recent allegations on Trump have "no moral scruples".

Moore pointed to a pair of longstanding allegations - namely, that Trump is mentally ill and that the Russian government hacked the presidential election.

At a separate news conference Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow hopes for better relations with the United States based on respect for mutual interests once Trump takes office, in contrast with the "messianic" approach of the outgoing US administration that he said has ravaged ties.

"So the real trade-off would have to be the United States and Russian Federation both cutting back their nuclear arsenals, which would be a smart thing", Lindorff stated. I'm not saying we should be there.

"For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that's part of it".

It also alleges that Trump advisers including his lawyer Michael Cohen maintained regular contact with Russian officials and others linked to Russian intelligence during the election and have been exchanging information for "at least" eight years.

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Lavrov dismissed a question about hacking from a German reporter, and instead spoke at length about the need to cooperate about cybersecurity and again accused the West of double standards.

"How can you do anything to improve U.S".

"It is because the European Nato states - especially those which call most stridently for an EU defence identity - are investing nowhere near as much in their own armed forces, in GDP percentage terms, as either our principal ally in Washington DC or our principal adversary in Moscow".

Like Putin, Lavrov rejected allegations of Russian meddling into the USA election as "absurdities" and "fakes" meant to hurt Trump.

In other words, the sanctions have blocked major US financial institutions from doing business with Russian Federation and prevents USA oil companies from making new deals with Russian Federation.

Asked if the Kremlin agreed with Trump's view that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is obsolete, something the USA president-elect repeated in the same interview, Peskov pointed out that the Kremlin had always been making the same point.

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