United States-Russia relations are “maybe even worse” than during the Cold War, the Kremlin’s top spokesman said Friday — adding allegations that Russia tried to influence the U.S. election were “fake news.”
Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin’s chief spokesman, appeared on “Good Morning America” Friday, dismissing the investigation into whether Russia colluded with members of the Trump campaign to win the election.
When co-host George Stephanopolous suggested the countries were entering a new Cold War, Peskov suggested things might be more extreme.
“New Cold War? Well, maybe even worse,” he said. “Maybe even worse considering the actions of the present Presidential administration in Washington.”
Peskov went on to elaborate about recent actions that the Kremlin viewed as a slight to Russia.
“I’ve just been saying about this illegal action against Russian property in Washington and New York,” he told Stephanopolous. “About extraditing Russian diplomats and all that stuff.”
Peskov was referring to the Obama administration’s December 2016 sanctions against Russia after intelligence agencies said the country tried to influence the 2016 election.
The U.S. booted 35 Russian diplomats it deemed were spies, and shuttered two Russian compounds — one on Long Island and another in Maryland.
Congress and the FBI are each investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the election — something the White House insists is a hoax.
Peskov also backed up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s insistence a day earlier that the country has not tried hacking into U.S. and European elections.
Peskov said there’s no evidence that will contradict Putin’s statements, calling claims otherwise “slander” and “fake news.”
“We’re quite confident,” he said. “ We’re confident for 100%.”