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Peskov was responding to a question about whether the Kremlin felt let down by the lack of progress in improving ties with the United States since the inauguration of Trump, who pledged in his campaign to try to rebuild ties with Russian Federation.

This fact sheet shows that on issue after issue, Trump appears to agree with Russian President Vladimir Putin's positions over the expert advice of his own party, his own Cabinet, the intelligence community, and the US military.

"In fact, they are constantly provoking us, trying to drag us into a confrontation", Putin stated, adding that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members "are continuing their efforts to interfere in our domestic affairs with the goal of destabilizing social and political order in Russian Federation proper".

The comments come as a new report alleges members of Trump's team were in contact with Russian intelligence officials during the year leading up to the presidential election.

The decision, Bloomberg noted, came on the heels of the ouster of Trump's national security adviser, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who sat with Putin at a media event in Moscow in 2015 and is widely reported in Russian Federation to be a sympathetic voice in Washington.

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Asked whether the Kremlin watched the news conference, Peskov said Putin's administration was too busy with its domestic agenda.

Trump's tweet on Crimea also raised the eyebrows of the Kremlin.

The shift in tone could reflect an attempt to dampen public expectations of a quick breakthrough in better relations with Washington that have been fueled by Trump's victory.

A change of attitude, however, was clearly visible in Friday's news programs on Russian state TV, which gave little time to Trump compared with previous massive coverage of the USA president.

"There has not yet been substantive contact between the two heads of state", Peskov said.

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