Would it still be possible for once bitter enemies U.S. and Russia to ever have warm relations? After President Donald Trump's amazing victory in the U.S. presidential election in November last year, both Russia and the camp of Trump have expressed a desire and willingness to improve ties between the two countries. U.S. and Russian relationship suffered major blows during former president Barack Obama's term.
Could the post-election, Trump-win optimism for improved relations be gone now? Russian President Vladimir Putin's top spokesman said the relationship between the U.S. and Russia maybe more antagonistic now than it was during the decades-long Cold War.
Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with ABC's Good Morning America that the current relations may even be worse than the Cold War period. He blamed the U.S. for destroying cooperation between the two countries by taking a number of hostile actions against Russia.
Peskov pointed to the American government's decision to expel 35 Russian diplomats from the U.S. in December. That move was, of course, made by then president Barack Obama, and not President Trump.
Things took a turn for the worse when after Trump's victory, the Obama administration accused Russia of influencing the U.S. election to favor Trump. The U.S. intel community concluded last year without providing substantial evidence that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. The Democrats and liberals, and especially defeated candidate Hillary Clinton, kept bringing up the Russian election interference card to "explain" their huge loss in the election.
There are ongoing investigations about the alleged Russian election meddling, and supposed Trump and his aides' ties with Moscow in the House and Senate Intelligence committees. The FBI has also said it is conducting its own probe into the allegations against Russia.
Putin has come out a few days ago to deny again the allegations. He said Russia did not interfere in the U.S. election. Putin instead blamed what he calls an "anti-Russia sentiment" in the U.S. as the source of accusations against him and his country. Some U.S. intel officials have warned, though, that Kremlin might meddle in other upcoming elections across Western Europe. France will conduct the first round of its presidential election in April.
In his regular press briefing earlier today, White House Sean Spicer has said that Hillary Clinton has a lot to answer for as far as US-Russia relations are concerned because it was her goal during her stint as secretary of state to strengthen Russia. The U.S. foreign policy on Russia during Hillary's term was criticized by some experts then for being too favorable to Russia.