The Kremlin stated on Wednesday that it did not expect the incoming U.S. administration to reject NATO enlargement overnight and that almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States were frozen, the RIA news agency reported.
“Almost every level of dialogue with the United States is frozen. We don’t communicate with one another, or (if we do) we do so minimally,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
RIA, citing an interview it said Peskov gave to the Mir TV station, quoted the spokesman as saying he did not know whether President Vladimir Putin would seek re-election in 2018.
“Everyone’s heads are aching because of work and with projects and nobody is thinking or talking about elections,” Peskov said.
Most Kremlin watchers expect Putin to run for the presidency again.