Russia relayed a number of proposals to US President Donald Trump in March, outlining measures that would normalize relationship with the US, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
The desire to resume dialogue and look for joint solutions wasn’t “mutual,” he said, according to the RIA Novosti news agency.
Mr Peskov thus confirmed a Buzzfeed report published on Tuesday that claimed Russia passed on a “bold proposition” to Donald Trump during his third month of presidency.
The document, obtained by Buzzfeed, suggested immediate steps to restore diplomatic, military, and intelligence channels severed between the two countries after Russia’s military interventions in Ukraine and Syria.
It called for meetings between the two countries’ security service heads, consultations on situations in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Iran and North Korea.
“Yes, of course, we passed such proposals in various forms to the American side,” Mr Peskov was quoted as saying. “Moscow has been consistently calling for resuming the dialogue, exchange of opinions, attempts to find joint solution, but unfortunately it wasn’t mutual.”
The spokesman added that these proposals – both on specific issues and a summary, apparently the one Buzzfeed reported on - were passed on via diplomatic channels and that this is a “normal diplomatic practice.”
According to Buzzfeed, officials at the White House and State Department did not dispute its authenticity. They denied giving the Russians explicit indications that their proposal was feasible.
The report said that the proposal revealed the Kremlin’s assumption that Trump might accept “a lightening-fast rapprochement” instead of sharing the outrage over Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.
But the Trump administration has not taken the warm approach to relations that might have been anticipated in the Kremlin. In August Mr Trump signed a bill imposing fresh sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea and interference in the election, which was met by the expulsion of hundreds of US diplomats from Moscow.