The deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, explains the lack of progress in Russian-US ties during Donald Trump’s presidency by the fact that the former US leader had been driven into a corner, including by accusations of conniving at Moscow.
"He [Trump] was constantly accused of dancing to the tune of Russians, almost of being our agent," he said in an interview with the Russian media. "Naturally, they drove him to a corner, and it was very hard for him to find a way out. That is why it all ended up with a continuous series of additional sanctions," TASS reports.
In Medvedev’s words, Trump declared his desire to get along with Russia, while at the same time boasting that he has been tougher on Russia than any other US president. This ambiguity led to a stalemate, in which there was "no progress in fact, only continuous sanctions," the Russian official added.