Putin: US-Russia relations getting 'worse and worse'

Mikhail Klimentyev  Press service of the Russian president  TASS

Mikhail Klimentyev Press service of the Russian president TASS

The Kremlin press service said on June 13 that Putin dismissed Major General Yury Devyatkin, the head of the Moscow police department's drug-control directorate, and Major General Andrei Puchkov, the police chief in Moscow's West administrative region.

Vladimir Putin made the bleak assessment in an interview with the country's Mir TV channel while discussing the dozens of sanctions the United States has imposed on the country.

In an interview with the Mir TV channel, Putin said: 'They (our relations) are going downhill, they are getting worse and worse.

"In recent years, the current USA administration has already taken several dozen decisions on sanctions with regard to Russian Federation, I think".

"I'll be meeting with Putin at G-20", Trump said in remarks before a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House.

Putin, who has denied that Russian Federation meddled in the USA election, went on to say that he does believe that relations with the US will improve.

According to the Kremlin, when meeting in Russia's Sochi on May 14, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked with Putin about the potential readiness of the US side for such a meeting, but Moscow has not received an official request from Washington.

"That with all of our partners, including our American partners, we can reach some decisions in the framework of the forthcoming G20 that will be constructive and create the necessary stable conditions for economic cooperation".

Late a year ago, Trump abruptly canceled a meeting with Putin that had been planned on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Argentina, after Russian Federation refused to release Ukrainian ships and sailors it had seized in the Kerch Strait.

However, in comments sure to further infuriate Moscow, the US President also said he was considering sanctions over Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline project.

Trump also said he hoped the United States would have 'a great relationship with Russian Federation, ' but later pledged to deploy 1,000 USA troops to Poland.

Another lawmaker, ex-commander of Russia's special forces Vladimir Shamanov, who now runs the lower house of parliament's defence committee, said he was concerned about the US drones due to their potential to carry nuclear weapons.