US: Putin’s Russia is not interested in a new Cold War
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A Kremlin spokesman said on Friday the US-led NATO alliance was not seeking a new confrontation with Russia, and was instead pursuing a strategy to contain the threat of a new, “escalation of tensions” with Russia.
In his first interview since the election, President Donald Trump said he had been asked by NATO ally and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to increase sanctions against Moscow.
Trump said Putin had asked him for a reduction of the sanctions that had been imposed on Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea.
Putin denied that request.
“This is nonsense, this is a false, distorted accusation,” he told reporters in Helsinki.
“The sanctions have been fully implemented, the sanctions have not been reduced, they have not even been reduced to the level of the number of Russian citizens and businesses in Russia.”
The US and the West imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea in 2014.
Putin has consistently denied that Russia has carried out military incursions into Ukraine and has accused the West of interfering in its internal affairs.
Trump has suggested that the sanctions were imposed to stop the Kremlin’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons.
A Kremlin spokesman said on Friday the US-led NATO alliance was not seeking a new confrontation with Russia, and was…