Putin States Expecting No Change To United States Ties Under Biden

With less than a month prior to Joe Biden moves into the White House, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday he was not anticipating much change in Moscow’s ties with Washington, while his assistants said they were less positive.

Biden is anticipated to take a tougher position against Russia than Donald Trump, whose ascent to the US presidency in 2016 was plagued by allegations of Russian interference to boost his project.

Putin was among the last leaders to congratulate Biden on his election triumph, sending his congratulatory message six weeks after the November 3 vote and stating he was all set for “collaboration.”.

On Wednesday, Putin told officials he was not expecting any modification in relations with the United States after Biden takes workplace, speaking after the president-elect guaranteed to punish Russia for a major cyberattack.

” Now about the modification of leadership in the United States and that it will be harder for us. I don’t think so. It will be business as typical,” Putin said in a meeting with lawmakers and federal government authorities.

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov (R) stated the Kremlin was anticipating “absolutely nothing positive” in ties with Washington AFP/ NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA.

He spoke after senior Russian authorities said they did not anticipate anything “great” from the Biden administration.

Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, talking to press reporters earlier on Wednesday, said the Kremlin was anticipating “absolutely nothing favorable” in ties with Washington.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov struck a similar note.

” We are definitely not anticipating anything good,” Ryabkov said in an interview with Interfax news company.

” And it would be odd to expect good ideas from individuals, many of whom made their careers on Russophobia and tossing mud at my nation,” he added.

Biden (l) shakes hands with Putin in 2011 while functioning as Vice-President to Barack Obama POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ.

Washington has recently implicated Russia of a significant cyberattack on government agencies– a claim Moscow has rejected.

Biden on Tuesday said the attack can not go “unanswered”, promising to retaliate when he steps into workplace on January 20.

The US president-elect also accused Trump of minimizing the gravity of the attack.

Russia and the United States have a list of concerns to settle following the shift of power in Washington.

A United States Flying Force Global Strike Command unarmed Minuteman III global ballistic missile launching on August 4, 2020. Russia and the US have yet to reach a brand-new deal on upgrading the New START arms limitation treaty US AIR FORCE/ Hanah ABERCORMBI.

Tensions have actually raged for months over the fate of New START, which caps the number of nuclear warheads held by Washington and Moscow and expires in February, 2021.

No arrangement has actually been reached on the extension of the last significant nuclear arms reduction accord in between Russia and the United States.

The Iran nuclear offer has actually likewise been on the brink of collapse ever since Trump withdrew from it in 2018 and enforced crippling financial sanctions on Tehran.

Ryabkov stated Moscow must transfer to a “overall containment” method in relations with the United States and retain “selective dialogue” on subjects that are of interest to Russia.

Both Peskov and Ryabkov said that Russia would not start any contacts with Biden’s transition personnel.

Describing fresh United States sanctions enforced today on 45 Russian organisations over their military connections, Ryabkov said the outbound administration was attempting to “loudly knock the door”.

” We are going from bad to worse,” Ryabkov stated.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assured Wednesday an action to the brand-new sanctions, stating that the United States has actually “long been pursuing a hostile policy” towards Russia.

Despite initial hopes that Moscow-Washington ties might enhance under Trump, Russia’s relations with the United States have actually continued to sour throughout his presidency, reaching their floor since the end of the Cold War.

Trump’s administration enforced sanctions on Russia and withdrew from a Cold War-era arms control pact– the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty– leaving the 2 countries at danger of a brand-new arms race.

Most recently, the US administration revealed that it would close its two remaining consulates in Russia, leaving the Moscow embassy as the United States’ last diplomatic mission in the nation.

Regardless of tensions, Putin expressed hope that Biden’s entering workplace would be an opportunity to enhance bilateral ties.

Speaking throughout his end-of-year press conference last week, Putin stated he hoped that some existing problems “will be dealt with under the brand-new administration”.

But the Russian leader also knocked the “aggressive” West, stating that in comparison Russia was “warm and cuddly”.

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