Russia is discussing no deals with the United States in return for lifting sanctions against Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
“Now it is hardly possible to speak about any deals: first there is the need to decide on the date and venue of meeting of the two presidents,” Peskov said.
The aides of the two leaders will soon start working on the meeting, and “we hope this will be rather quickly.” “At the meeting, the heads of two countries will be able to continue discussing in detail the issues that they mentioned during the phone conversation,” he said.
Peskov said Saturday’s phone conversation was “good, constructive,” and useful for launching the discussion on a whole range of issues concerning regional and international security “from the viewpoint of naming priorities in possible cooperation in fight against terrorism.”
“It was also rather useful as the heads of state said respect was a very important principle of bilateral relations,” Peskov said. “Over the past years, the lack of mutual respect mainly became the reason for a setback and deterioration of our relations,” he added.
Peskov noted that Moscow saw “Washington’s readiness to solve difficult issues through dialogue.” “This is for what President Putin called rather consistently but where unfortunately he did not see reciprocity over the past years.”
Earlier this month, The Times and Bild newspapers published an interview with Trump where he spoke about the prospects of lifting sanctions against Russia and also about the dialogue on nuclear disarmament with Moscow. Some mass media reports interpreted his words as a proposal to ease sanctions in exchange for a kind of a nuclear deal.