US Senator has cried down Russian government, Kremlin strikes back
The Kremlin attributed the critical remarks by US Senator John Kennedy, who compared the Russian authorities with the mafia, to a Russophobic pressure inside the United States and stereotypes of Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Earlier, US Senator John Kennedy had compared the Russian authorities to the mafia.
Kremlin is aware of the fact that the American establishment is under the influence of "stereotypes and Russophobia."
This is the comment of presidential press-secretary Dmitry Peskov on US Senator John Kennedy's statement that compared Russian authorities to the mafia.
Dmitry Peskov told that officials of the Russian administration do not wear rose-tinted glasses, while Senator Kennedy got chance to rub shoulders with the Russian leadership during the visit.
"Of course, it is difficult to understand such words; I do not know in what context he said that," Peskov said.
Republican Senator John Kennedy compared the Russian authorities with the mafia after his visit to Moscow as part of the US Congress delegation. "There is no political philosophy in Russia. It's sort of like saying, what's the political philosophy of the mafia. Their philosophy is money and power. That's the philosophy of Putin," Kennedy told reporters.
He stated that Putin “rules with an iron hand and is a dictator”, and the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, was a "bully."
The meeting with Sergey Lavrov was held on July 3.
Officials discussed "certain international and regional issues" and talked about "possibilities to resume contacts between legislative authorities of the two countries."
US and Russian presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are to meet in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16.