Russia: Worsening Ties With U.S. ‘Major Disappointment’ of 2017

The Kremlin sees its worsening ties with the United States as one of its major disappointments of 2017, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Friday. The tensions have hit a post-Cold War low thanks to allegations of U.S. election meddling in 2016, the investigation of possible collusion with the Trump campaign, and Russia’s annexation of Crimea and alleged shootdown of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over Ukraine three years ago. For the past year, each have poked at the other, including legislation targeting journalists and restrictions on embassy staff. The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters that Russia still seeks better relations with the U.S. based on a “mutual trust and mutual respect” but noted, “it takes two to tango.”