Russia's Putin: Obama Administration Trying to 'Undermine' Donald Trump

Addressing reporters at a news conference in Moscow, Putin said the recent inclusion of allegations against Trump in an intelligence briefing "indicates a significant level of degradation [among] political elites in the West".

Judging by what we have heard from Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin should not have been just satisfied with Trump's election.

"What are we seeing in the U.S.?"

He added that the people behind the Trump dossier are "worse than prostitutes", but said that he is "not acquainted with Trump", therefore he has "no reasons either to defend or attack him".

The dossier in question, leaked by Buzzfeed on 10 January, accused the incoming USA commander-in-chief of "perverted sexual acts" and being part of an "extensive conspiracy" with the Kremlin. "We are witnessing the continuation of a fierce internal political struggle-despite the fact that the presidential elections are over and they ended with the conclusive victory of Mr. Trump".

The pair have made several warm overtures towards each other, with the President-elect repeating praise for his counterpart even after American intelligence agencies accused Russian Federation of being behind hacking to interfere in the U.S. election.

He then went on to deride the unknown anti-Trump Republicans and later Democrats who commissioned the 35-page report as worse than prostitutes.

Now, in a speech given in Moscow on 17 January, Putin brushed off allegations that his intelligence services were involved in collecting blackmail material on Trump. "With that being said, North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is very important to me".

Trump said he "knew something special" about the scandal, but delivered in the same way as he did in his lies about President Obama's birthplace. "Dialogue between us is absolutely imperative", Powers said during her speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.

The Kremlin has stated that it does not collect compromising material on foreign politicians or businessmen, and has denied any role in cyber attacks during the U.S. election.

He also said that Russian Federation had "nothing to do" with allegations that Moscow had gathered compromising materials on Trump in an effort to gain political leverage over him.

Asked whether he would trust German Chancellor Angela Merkel or Putin more, Trump said: "Well, I start off trusting both -but let's see how long that lasts".

In an interview with The Times of London published late on Monday, Trump said he wanted nuclear weapons arsenals of the world's two biggest nuclear powers - the United States and Russian Federation - to be "reduced very substantially".

Patrushev said he believed the Obama administration had deliberately tried to discredit Russian Federation because it was unwilling to accept that Washington's position of global leadership was slipping.

Just imagine, what can one do to improve Russo-American relations when such lies are thrown in as the interference of some hackers into the election process [in the U.S.], although I have to point it out that the hackers did not falsify anything, did not invent anything.

Lavrov denounced the foreign policies of the outgoing Obama administration and its allies as "messianic" attempts to enforce Western values on the rest of the world, which has led to instability and conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Russian Federation and the Obama administration have been at each others throats somewhat in recent weeks and Trump hopes to succeed where his predecessor did not, by brokering an amicable truce. He voiced hope that Russian and US experts could start discussions on fighting terrorism in Syria during that meeting.

In an interview with The Times of London published on Monday, Trump said he will offer to end sanctions imposed on Russian Federation if the Kremlin agrees to "substantially" reduce its nuclear weapons arsenal.

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