Putin Spokesman: Russian Ambassador Also Met With Members Of The Clinton Campaign

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In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria broadcast on Sunday, Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov expressed growing frustration with the inconclusive first two months of relations between Moscow and the Trump administration, which started off with hope for reconciliation and have instead devolved into a perpetuation of the Obama (and Hillary Clinton) imposed status quo. The election of President Trump, who had spoken approvingly of Putin and called for improved US-Russia relations, had raised hopes in the Kremlin. But Peskov - just like Syria leader Bashar al-Assad yesterday - said there are no signs of progress yet. 

Unfortunately, we don’t have a proper understanding of when this dialogue can begin,” Peskov told Fareed Zakaria (Peskov's take on the Trump administration begins 14:20 in the video below). "We certainly would expect our contacts to be more frequent, more in depth. We had quite a significant pause in our bilateral relations." Trump’s early campaign statements had initially led to speculation that the US would drop sanctions imposed on Russia for its interference in Ukraine, however that approach appears to have been indefinitely delayed following recurring allegations of proximity between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Furthermore, quoted by CBS Peskov said that "Russia will never initiate putting this issue on the agenda."

In an ironic twist, we reported last week that not Trump, but the Clinton-affiliated Podesta Group, run by John Podesta's brother Tony Podesta, had been retained by Russia's largest bank Sberbank CIB to "proactively seek the removal of various Obama-era sanctions" according to TASS. That particular story has yet to make US primetime news.

Peskov also said Putin never voiced support for then-presidential candidate Trump. “You would probably recall that President Putin, during election campaign, had never answered directly a question about his candidate of his support. He kept saying that we will respect a choice of American people,” Peskov told Zakaria.

The Kremlin spokesman, however, did concede that Putin preferred Trump over Clinton, saying, “If you ask him whether he had mentioned the then-candidate Donald Trump, I will answer, yes, he had.”

He also suggested that Putin found Clinton hostile toward Russia, while Trump was open to thawing U.S.-Russian relations. “The candidate Hillary Clinton was quite negative about our country in her attitude and in her program, declaring Russia being nearly the main evil in the world and the main threat for the United States,” Peskov said.

“And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, 'Yes, we disagree with the Russians ... in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.' Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, 'Yes, we disagree, but let's talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?'” he asked.

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Touching on a more sensitive subject, Peskov denied any collaboration between the Russian government and President Donald Trump’s campaign, and said the U.S. is humiliating itself with its obsession over Russian meddling.

“The answer is very simple. No,” Peskov told Zakaria when asked about Russians colluding with Trump's allies last year. “And the fact that Russia is being demonized in that sense comes very strange to us. And we are really sorry about that, because this — the whole situation takes us away from the perspective of getting our relationship to a better condition.”

“We don’t know what’s the reason for these words. We’ve never seen any evidence, and we’ve never heard something trustful,” Peskov said. “What we have seen - an open, a public part - of a report by one of the agencies, special agencies of the United States. And I would humbly say that it’s not a paper of high quality, in terms of being really trustful.”

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Peskov also said there is nothing special in the Russian ambassador discussing bilateral ties with some members of Donald Trump’s electoral campaign team.  The Russian ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, talked to Trump campaign team members and future US administration officials “about the bilateral relations and… about what was going on in the United States” to provide Moscow with a better understanding of the situation on the ground, Peskov said.

He also noted that “every ambassador of Russia abroad” works just like “every ambassador of the US abroad, including [the one] in Moscow, because the more ambassador talks to people in his country of residence, the better job he does.”

Peskov also said that the Russian ambassador held conversations with some members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign team. “If you look at some people connected with Hillary Clinton during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,” he said.

“There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.”

At the same time, he repeated that the Russian envoy has never spoken with any US officials about the electoral process and had no intention to interfere in the 2016 election process: "there were no meetings about elections — electoral process … So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary's activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true,” Peskov said.

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Peskov, who insisted Vladimir Putin's government has no intentions of interfering in the domestic affairs of another country, said the Kremlin has all of a sudden become a “nightmare” for the U.S.

“We sincerely cannot understand why American people and American politicians started the process of self-humiliation. You’re self-humiliating yourself, saying that a country can intervene in your election process,” he said, adding that it would be “simply impossible” for the Kremlin to easily influence an election of “the most powerful country in the world” with its “very, very stable political traditions.”

For now, however, the very simple logic of that statement has failed to register with a substantial portion of the US population, which continues to pursure the "Russia" link as a basis to delegitimize, and perhaps impeach, Trump in the future.

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FrozenGoodz's picture

No one cares

The amount of effort and the logic in the Kremlin's countering of nefarious US news is elementary... and that's enough for some Trump fans

Belrev's picture

"You load public opinion with fake news" Kremlin press secretary tells CNN in their face.


Looney's picture


Hillary’s losing the election, but not going to prison has left me with a very bad case of Blue Balls.  ;-)


Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Looney Mar 12, 2017 1:31 PM

Did the Russians meet with the 1200 seats Democrats lost across the country to Republicans from 2010-2016?

CheapBastard's picture

Huma, Pedopodesta, Hillary, Mills, and many others who released or possessed classified info should already be in jail or at least indicted.

Comey made a joke of the law.

Now we have numerous off-shoots of these subversives blatantly vowing to overthrow our democratically elected govenrment and where's the fbi? DHS? etc.....

Don't even get me started on the polticially motivated judges who disobey the law to advance their left wing Marxist agenda to dismantle America.

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flicker life (not verified) CheapBastard Mar 12, 2017 2:29 PM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) flicker life Mar 12, 2017 2:46 PM

no you aren't

political_proxy's picture

why so; bots can make money too.

beemasters's picture

"In an ironic twist, we reported last week that not Trump, but the Clinton-affiliated Podesta Group, run by John Podesta's brother Tony Podesta, had been retained by Russia's largest bank Sberbank CIB to 'proactively seek the removal of various Obama-era sanctions'"

They should have casually mentioned "Pizzagate" to the Podestas to expedite it all.

J S Bach's picture





(crickets chirping)

Proctologist's picture

Exactly. Save the shocked looks on the faces of the CNN anchors on election night, there hasn't been anything worth watching on CNN for the better part of 20 years.

Quite possibly longer.

scraping_by's picture

Not since Captain Outrageous sold out to the media combine. Infotainment and propaganda, in that order.

Zorba's idea's picture

Ppffffft, frozengoods, a two week old troll...a pubescent snowflake. 

CNONC's picture

What happened to Boris Alotovkrap? Did he get recalled to Moscow?

44_shooter's picture

He doesn't like trump. No amount of information will change his mind. Don't show facts his mind is made up.

Fucking liberal insanity.

Takeaction2's picture
Takeaction2 (not verified) FrozenGoodz Mar 12, 2017 1:23 PM

First off...this Biased Fazeed Fucker is a very Biased person...have watched him...all reporting has his "Twist" on it...so Fuck Him....

This is the attempt from the Dem/Libs to continue to distract.  They can't stop.  

We have some interesting events coming up...

Healthcare....TRUMP  go with Rand Pauls plan...put him in charge...he can do it...FUCK PAUL RYAN...he is undermining you.

Debt Ceiling.....Should be interesting...

The WALL...Get it started....

TAX Breaks....DO IT...

And since the Media can't handle your tweets...or any conference...Shut them all off...go Rogue.  And invite Putin to the Whitehouse for incredible drama.

Oh yeah...we need to deal with Kim Jun Fat Fuck....I say call China and say "What are you going to do with this piece of "Grissle"...and if they won't punch him...we will.

Final Note: This part of the article says it all...
“And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, 'Yes, we disagree with the Russians ... in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.' Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, 'Yes, we disagree, but let's talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?'” he asked.

Think the lib media will highlight this?????

CheapBastard's picture

Far Heed is 100% shill hypocrit.

He bashed Trump re: the fake muslim Khan but not a peep out of this fake muslim Zakarhea about Hitlery and Obama slaughtering hundreds of thousands of real muslims and other brown people all over the world.


kenzo7's picture

you sir have bought all your upvoters by two last paragraphs

ffed's picture

Mainstream media had devolved into PURE PROPAGANDA PTOGRAMMING.  I have reduced myself to sports, ps4, and wailing off. (bitches be dangerous to my bank account).

veritas semper vinces's picture

MSM has always been pure propaganda programming.You and others failed to notice it.

political_proxy's picture

The ones that do not care are the likes of MSM and liberals.

Putin is trolling the fake news clowns and liberals in one fell swoop.
Vastly entertaining.
Yes, it is very elementary to troll liberals - careful, your butt hurt is showing. 

Paper Mache's picture

Word salad - symptom of schizophrenia. Take your pills. 

Ban KKiller's picture

Clinton Cunt Crime Clan still in the news? I think she is screwing Mnuchin? Which has the bigger dick?

DuneCreature's picture

We all need to stay all over OUR new AG Jeff Sessions like a cheap $100 suit that's two sized too large.

He has a nice opening to put in an untainted Fed prosecutor for the NY Fed District. ........ Let's all watch this as close as we can and not let Mr. Sessions blow it. ..... The pirates have been known to pull a shell game scam on the players when they get caught stacking the deck. ..... One pirate out and another one goes in. (New dealer, same casino boss)

We want a non bad pirate gang good pirate running the forward gun deck on this pirate ship, right?

No pizza delivery service at the Wall Street court.

Let's see a whole bunch of Wiener Mail.

Clinton Satan Foundation corrospondance should be in the mail bag too.

Day 140 Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOsMxI1w3IE

Live Hard, Fareed Is A CIA Spokesman And Needs To Take A Long Hike Off Of A Short Pier, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

veritas semper vinces's picture

On the 25th it will be a protest in front of the WH to force the investigation into pizzagate

DuneCreature's picture


I'll tell you what else needs to be pushed HARD.

About a dozen warrants to seize old BCCI and USBC bank records and half a dozen good El Dorado forensic bank records audit trail boys and girls on it for a week and you could pick up two hundred people around and throughout PizzaGate on SLAM DUNK cases of bribery, graft, payola to play (selling political influence peddling) and out right theft and money laundering ......... Not to mention what the IRS could do to them.

Don't let PedoGate/PizzaGate lead you down a blind canyon where you can never quite find enough evidence to bring charges.

The money trail is there RIGHT NOW. ...... Better to get Killary and the rest of them behind bars AND THEN do the PizzaGate investigation. ... They can't interfere with an investigation locked up so easy.

Google Charles Ortel and a former guy from USBC bank that made hundreds of hours of recorded calls and left with tons of records. I can't pull his name up right now and don't have time to go looking.

Live Hard, Fix The Enemy In Place (Behind Bars) And Then Clean Up The Pizza Mess, Die Free

~ DC v5.0

roadhazard's picture

yes, Pootin wanted to help Hitlery all he could... heh

We Are The Priests's picture

Well, yes.  It would stand to reason that Putin would be in a far better geopolitical position with the Hildabeast rather than Trump.  The Hildabeast's control file is much larger than Trump's and would've provided Putin with far more leverage over the US than he has with Trump.

So, the whole idea that Putin wanted Trump elected--albeit, either scenario has it's pro's and con's--is most likely just another progressive projection in an attempt to steer focus away from the Hildabeast's potential for manipulation and blackmail; not only at the hands of Putin, but all of the major geopolitical players in the game

We Are The Priests's picture

So, in your paradigm that's all that matters in the highly complex, multi-level, multi-dimensional game of geopolitical chess?  I hate you, so you have no quantifiable/qualifiable usefullness in my overall strategy to win the game?

Seems a little out of touch with reality

roadhazard's picture

No, you are the standard Trump ZH'er always making an out for him.

Collectivism Killz's picture

Anyone with common sense hates Hillary. Hell, anyone with common sense should hate pretty much any politician.

veritas semper vinces's picture

Putin is too smart to try to temper with the US elections.

SHADEWELL's picture

Fuck that Cunt

These fucks wanted to keep pushing it...so Trump needs to turn Sessions loose of the Cuntlery/Hum-Weiner investigation..lets get that bitch going right now

Lets see who was really working with the russians, Saudis, and others in return for influence regarding a certain secretary of state pushing agendas

Fuck them all DJT...tear the whole fucking scab off this thing, 

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

There is a whole white house filled with Cunts and the biggest one tweet pussy boy Trump.

urhotdogs's picture

Go after Hillary and turn her on Obama

silverer's picture

That's OK to say that as long as you don't put it on the mainstream news or tell anybody in the US or other western countries. Understood?

ronaldwilsonreagan's picture

Yes but Hillary did not publiclly suck his dick the way Trump did.

MuffDiver69's picture

Well...her husband merely took 600K for a speech in Moscow, but don't sweat the little things on your journey into irrelevance

SummerSausage's picture

Follow the money.  Putin paid Hillary and her campaign manager tens of millions for something unsavory. How'd she get so rich so quickly as a public servant after being "dead broke" leaving office?  Why has pay to play money been tracked directly to her, Bill  and the Clinton Foundation?

Not a dime of Trump's billions came from Putin.  If the left had evidence otherwise it would have been plastered all over the internet by now.

francis scott falseflag's picture


Putin wouldn't let Hillary anywhere near his cock, fool.

Ignatius's picture


--->  No, not surprised at all, expected actually

--->  Surprised

sister tika's picture

Every time the inept left fucks with the Russians, the truth always steps on their dicks with a vengeance. This sort of entertainment is free and is 'priceless' to watch.

I haven't had this much fun since Cankles lost the election.

MuffDiver69's picture

So true...Since the day Trump announced its been Comedy Central and he's the one with the prize...Wonder if they will figure it out...nah..

MuffDiver69's picture

The only good thing about this Russian garbage is the fact it will provide Trump with the ultimate Fake News meme....He couldn't ask for more...They have spent a full year on this garbage and openly questioned anyone Trump knows with any connection to Russia...Without one fucking fact....You dug your grave folks.....

oncemore's picture

a moslem on CNN. Sad. And not a surprise.

OrangeyTheAssHat's picture
OrangeyTheAssHat (not verified) Mar 12, 2017 2:07 PM

Hillary is going to be feeding buckets of rotting fish heads to Trump while sits in jail. I know she should be in prison with him but Clintons do not do the jail thing.

ffed's picture

Its ALL LIES-----Math is a RELIGION (used as propaganda) No one ever checks the math.... watch at 27:58!  PURE Bullshit.


Son of Captain Nemo's picture

No surprises here "ladies" and "gents" this story was revealed two months before "super Tuesday"!

After the revelation(s) coming from Langley's "mutinous" that are tired of committing treason... selling their agency down the toilet with "Vault 7"... I have this vision of Putin, Peskov, Lavrov and Zacharova laughing their asses off at the non-stop "comedy act" THAT IS the Anglo-American "Empire" in it's final stages of total collapse!