Kremlin says White House scandal is "internal matter"

Posted February 16, 2017

There are no specific details on a possible earlier meeting between the Russian and USA presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, spokesman for the Russian president Dmitry Peskov said, RIA Novosti reported. With still no date set, Peskov said it is possible the two may have to wait until the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

Both Putin and Trump have repeatedly said they want to try to mend US-Russian relations, which were severely damaged under the previous president.

The two sides recently had a phone conversation, that was assessed by many in Moscow and in Washington as a "good start", and a significant shift in dialogue.

Commenting on the White House statement, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia does not intend to return Crimea to Kiev.

The Kremlin's press service earlier said that during their phone conversation on January 28, Putin and Trump showed determination to conduct an active joint effort on stabilizing and developing Russian-U.S. cooperation. "At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russian Federation".

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"Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, has faced backlash in recent days following a report that he spoke about sanctions against Russian Federation with the country's ambassador before Trump was sworn in".

The Kremlin has denied that Flynn discussed lifting sanctions with the Russian envoy and on Tuesday it declined further comment, saying the resignation was an internal matter for the United States.

"We have already said there have not been any [such talks]", he said, according to Reuters.

"No, he didn't", Peskov said.