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Putin Spokesman: U.S.-Russia Relations Under Trump “Maybe Even Worse” than Cold War

Dmitry Peskov, press secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Good Morning America on Friday that relations between the United States and Russia are “maybe even worse” than the Cold War.

Peskov listed various actions to which the Kremlin took offense under the Obama administration, like the expulsion of Russian diplomats and what Peskov called the “occupation of Russian diplomatic property in New York and Washington.”

“Let’s imagine: property of the Russian Federation covered with diplomatic immunity was occupied by American Secret Service agents,” Peskov said. “It’s not legal in terms of international law.”

President Obama’s administration expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Peskov added that “actions of the present presidential adminstration” have not improved Washington-Moscow relations. Considering the Trump administration’s moves, Peskov said that bilateral relations between the world’s two largest nuclear powers are “maybe even worse” than the Cold War.

Accusations have flown about President Trump’s connections to Russia, with some implying that the Kremlin has exerted influence over the new administration.

All indications are, though, that Trump has so far disappointed the Kremlin. On Friday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson promised that the United States will maintain sanctions on Russia until Russia returns control of Crimea to Ukraine.