Russian Federation had sweeping plan to normalize relations early in Trump's term


He did not confirm specifics of the BuzzFeed report, such as when the proposals were handed over, to whom, and what specific steps they contained.

Perhaps even more revealing is the document's assumption that "Trump wouldn't share the lingering USA anger over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election and might accept a lightning fast rapprochement", BuzzFeed noted.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told BuzzFeed she could not confirm any conversations regarding the Russian proposal, but that the USA was in favor of improving relations with Russia.

"It just ignores everything that caused the relationship to deteriorate and pretends that the election interference and the Ukraine crisis never happened", said Angela Stent, a former national intelligence officer on Russian Federation during the George W. Bush administration who also reviewed the document.

The Russian Embassy in Washington would not comment on the document.

Most of the document's proposed meetings haven't happened. "We do not comment on closed bilateral negotiations which is normal diplomatic practice", the embassy said in a statement.

It is reported that Poroshenko would travel to NY later this weekend.

"We are sorry to hear that documents keep leaking from the (Trump) administration, though it shows that Russian Federation keeps doing its best to normalize relations‎", the official said.

Implicit in the Russian proposal was the idea that Trump would not let anger over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 election get in the way of a complete rapprochement by the end of the summer.

Relations between the United States and Russian Federation have soured considerably since the opening of the Trump administration, when many expected Trump might bring the nations closer together as he said repeatedly was his goal during the campaign.

The Kremlin's chief spokesman said Russian officials made direct proposals to Washington about full normalization of ties between the two countries following President Donald Trump's election, but nothing came of it.

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