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Russia Does Not Expect Radical Improvements in US Relations

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The Russian presidential spokesman commented on the recent meeting between Vladimir Putin and US Vice President Mike Pence on November 15th.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brief meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence did not bring radical changes in Russia-US relations, adding that perhaps these changes may not happen, at least until the leaders of the two countries meet again.

“There have not been any major changes, nor can we expect them to come from some parts of the United States, but in any case we can expect the next contact to be between the two presidents,” said the Kremlin’s representative.

Peskov expressed confidence that Vice President Pence “will convey all of Putin’s words to the US president.”

Russian leader Vladimir Putin held a brief meeting on November 15 with Vice-President Mike Pence at the recent summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Singapore.

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During the meeting, which lasted only a few minutes, the Russian president addressed strategic stability, in particular the implementation of the Arms Reduction Strategy (START-3) measures to reduce and limit strategic offensive weapons, as well as preparations for the next meeting with Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina, to be held between 30 November and 1 December.

Last month Pence expressed his belief that the so-called Russian “attempts to interfere” in US affairs are nothing compared to China’s actions, but did not provide any evidence.

According to the statement made, Beijing mobilized actors under cover and uses propaganda to change the US perception of Chinese politics.

Pence’s speech came a week after President Donald Trump accused China of trying to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. Beijing has ruled out any attempts to influence the outcome of the election in question.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing come amid the current trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Last month, the US imposed new tariffs of $200 billion on Chinese imports. Beijing responded with the same measure, introducing US $60 billion in customs duties on US products.

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