Kremlin: Obama’s Trump Criticism Anti-Russian, Won’t Foster Better Ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) -
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China's Zhejiang province, Monday on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with President Barack Obama in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit last week. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it viewed President Barack Obama’s recent statements on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as anti-Russian and said they were unlikely to improve fragile relations between Russia and the United States.

Obama on Tuesday strongly criticized Trump for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and for appearing on a media channel, RT, funded by the Russian government.

“Unfortunately, we see continued displays of often hard-core Russophobia,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, commenting on Obama’s intervention, told a conference call with reporters. “We can only express regret in this regard.

“This rhetoric, which is being formulated in electoral campaign style … is unlikely to help fledgling fragile attempts to build at least some sort of mutual trust.”