Russian Federation proposed full normalization with USA under Trump, Kremlin says


"Unfortunately, we have been met with no such reciprocity", Peskov said.

Peskov told Russian news agencies that Moscow indeed made such proposals through diplomatic channels. On Tuesday, following BuzzFeed's report, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called it "a private diplomatic conversation that I just can't confirm any of the details of". Nauert said in general terms that the USA and Russian Federation share the goal of improving diplomatic relations between the countries. The White House and the State Department wouldn't say who delivered the document but did not dispute its authenticity.

In recent days, Russia's Foreign Ministry has suggested there may be other retaliation against US diplomats, including travel restrictions and taking away some parking privileges at USA diplomatic posts. -Russian relations spiraled downward over the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, Moscow's alleged meddling in the US presidential election, cybersecurity, and other matters. Nauert said the meeting provided an opportunity to "raise questions or concerns", but did not say if the two had resolved anything.

The document said that Russian Federation calls on the United States to complete the restoration of diplomatic and military communication channels, as well as the contacts between the intelligence services of the two countries.

A month later, the two countries would hold "special consultations" to discuss ongoing issues, including the Iran nuclear deal, Ukraine, Afghanistan, and North Korea.

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Relations between the United States and Russian Federation have soured considerably since the opening of the Trump administration, when many expected Trump might bring the nations closer together as he said repeatedly was his goal during the campaign.

The US under then-President Barack Obama increased sanctions on Russian Federation following the country's alleged election interference, and moved to shutter some of the Kremlin's facilities in the US.

To date, only a small number of the dozens of proposed meetings have taken place.

Ties plummeted further in recent weeks as Moscow ordered Washington to sharply cut its diplomatic personnel in Russian Federation, and Washington ordered the closure of Russia's consulate in San Francisco.