The US midterm elections will hardly clarify the possibility of bringing Russian-US relations back to normal, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.
"We believe there is no need to delude ourselves hoping that it will somehow clarify things," he said. "As of now, there is no improvement trend to be seen," Peskov added.
When asked whether the Kremlin will keep an eye on the US election, he said that such information was usually received from the media. "This is why we will be looking at it one way or another," the Russian presidential spokesman said.
At the same time, Peskov declined to comment on allegations about Russia’s interference in the US midterm elections. "We cannot respond to allegations by some abstract cyber security experts for we don’t know who they are and whether they actually understand cyber security. I am not ready to comment on such statements," Peskov said in response to a request to comment on articles by US cyber security experts claiming that Moscow and organizations linked to Russia continued to meddle in the US election campaign, TASS reports.
Earlier in the day, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a joint statement, saying they "have no indication of compromise of our nation’s election infrastructure that would prevent voting, change vote counts, or disrupt the ability to tally votes." "But Americans should be aware that foreign actors - and Russia in particular - continue to try to influence public sentiment and voter perceptions through actions intended to sow discord," the statement adds.
The midterm elections in the US are taking place on November 6. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 out of the 100 seats in the Senate are up for grabs. In addition, 36 states and three territories are holding gubernatorial elections. A number of state and local officials will also be elected on the same day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will hold a brief meeting in Paris on November 11 to discuss the date of their full-fledged summit, Dmitry Peskov said.
"The parties have agreed that it will be difficult to arrange a full-fledged meeting [between Putin and Trump] there [in Paris]," he noted. "However, they will meet 'on the go' one way or another and agree when they can meet next time to have a substantial conversation."
The Kremlin spokesman declined to comment on a report by the Kommersant daily, which said that full-fledged talks between the two leaders in Paris had been cancelled at the suggestion of French President Emmanuel Macron. According to the daily, the French leader did that because he did not want this summit to overshadow the celebrations to mark the end of WWI. The Russian and US presidents will travel to Paris to attend the festive events.
"Indeed, there will be many heads of state and government in Paris, there will be a busy agenda from the point of view of ceremonial and protocol events," Peskov said.