Russian authorities hope to resume dialogue with the United States under President Donald Trump, but acknowledge that the normalization process will not be fast, because relations are now at their lowest, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“It is hardly possible to spoil something in these relations. They are at their lowest, but certainly we expect that the dialogue will be resumed, and a difficult and slow process of turning relations in a constructive direction will begin,” Peskov said.
He noted that Moscow is set on building equal and mutually beneficial relations with Washington and added that the term "reset" [of the relations] "has lost its credibility".
“The consequences of this "reset" are really not the ones we would like to see,” the press secretary of the president said, adding that “the main thing is the existence of willingness and the demonstration of readiness to proceed forward with the normalization of relations.”
Peskov recently denied reports about Donald Trump visiting Russia after his inauguration. According to Peskov, there is no specific information about a possible meeting between Putin and Trump, either before or after his inauguration.