The Kremlin said on Friday it was not disappointed by how U.S.-Russia ties were developing under U.S. President Donald Trump and that it would only be possible to assess the outlook for relations once the leaders of both countries had met.
“We haven’t been wearing rose-tinted glasses, we never harbored illusions, so there is nothing to be disappointed in,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
Peskov was responding to a question about whether the Kremlin felt let down by the lack of progress in improving ties with the United States since the inauguration of Trump, who pledged in his campaign to try to rebuild ties with Russia.
“There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state. It’s not known when this will happen.
And probably only after they talk will it be clear where significant differences remain and where it is possible to discover areas for cooperation,” said Peskov.
On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his country will work with Russia if doing so benefits Americans.
“The United States will consider working with Russia when we can find areas of practical cooperation that will benefit the American people,” Tillerson told reporters.
“Where we do not see eye to eye the United States will stand up for the interests and values of America and her allies.”
The cautious statement came after Tillerson’s first meeting with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of a G20 gathering in the German city of Bonn.
For his part, Lavrov stressed the common ground between Washington and Moscow.
“We cannot solve all problems… but we have a mutual understanding that where our interests coincide, and there are many such spheres, we must move ahead,” Lavrov said in comments televised in Russia.