MOSCOW, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on Thursday gave a negative progress report on international security talks with the United States and NATO over the past few days, citing “unsuccessful” talks and disagreement on several issues background.
Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for the Russian presidency, said that Moscow viewed “extremely unfavourably” the proposed new sanctions targeting Russian officials unveiled by the Democratic camp in the US Senate, seeing it as an attempt to pressure his country.
He added that the very idea of sanctioning President Vladimir Putin would lead to a deterioration in relations between Moscow and Washington.
For Dmitry Peskov, this week’s two talks between Russia and the West resulted in “positive nuances” but he added that Moscow wanted to achieve concrete results and not just nuances.
(Report Dmitry Antonov, French version Marc Angrand, edited by Blandine Hénault)