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A Kremlin spokesperson has stated that Russian President Vladimir Putin prefers a US president who adopts a more “constructive” approach towards Russia and values dialogue.
Dmitry Peskov, in an interview with NBC News, expressed Putin’s willingness to work with a US leader who acknowledges the need to be cautious with Russia and consider its concerns. Peskov did not specifically name former President Trump or comment on whether President Biden fits this preferred profile. However, he addressed the complexity of the war in Ukraine, contradicting Trump’s claim that he could resolve the conflict in 24 hours if reelected.
“It’s too complicated to be solved that easily,” Peskov said. He also criticized the US and Western forces for extending the war and sending mixed messages about their support.
Peskov accused the US of wasting taxpayer dollars in Ukraine, arguing that the country has shown limited progress on the battlefield. He said, “You are making this conflict longer,” suggesting that the US is encouraging Ukraine to continue fighting without a viable path to victory.
This comes after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s recent visit to Washington DC, where he did not secure additional funding. President Biden, during his meeting with Zelensky, reassured continued US support.