Putin Spokesman: When Will Dialogue With U.S. Start?

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President Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci; Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin is expressing frustration with the inconclusive first two months of relations between Moscow and the Donald Trump administration.

The election of President Trump, who had spoken admiringly of Putin and called for improved U.S.-Russia relations, had raised hopes in the Kremlin. But Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says there are no signs of progress yet.

Peskov said in a CNN interview broadcast Sunday: “Unfortunately, we don’t have a better understanding of when this dialogue can begin.”

President Trump’s campaign statements on Russia had led to speculation that the United States would drop sanctions imposed on Russia for its interference in Ukraine.

According to a transcript of his CNN interview, Peskov said: “Russia will never initiate putting this issue on the agenda.”