Kremlin still wary of US

Trump may want to get pally, but Putin will stick to his guns, warns Konstantin von Eggert

The World Today Updated 6 November 2020 Published 4 April 2019 3 minute READ

Konstantin von Eggert

Commentator and host for TV Dozhd, Russia’s independent television station

The reaction from Russia was predictable. ‘It’s hard to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if it isn’t there,’ said Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, on hearing the conclusions of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow in 2016.

Russia’s foreign ministry immediately moved in with its own, equally predictable, reponse: ‘Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation has not produced any proof of Moscow’s involvement in the infamous cyberattacks and other attempts to erode American democracy, a charge that has been constantly brought against Russia,’ –which of course is not at all what Mueller’s team concluded.

In one of the shouting matches that pass for political chat shows, state television briefly developed this theme before switching back to discussion of Russia’s most pressing problem, the imminent collapse of Ukraine after its presidential elections.

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