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Russian Officials React to Sacking of US Advisor Bolton

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7Dnews London

Wed, 11 Sep 2019 12:18 GMT

Russian officials reacted to the dismissal of President Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, saying that they did not expect any improvement in relations with Washington on Wednesday September 11th, according to AFP.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said, "We don't think that the presence or dismissal of any single official, even such a senior one, can seriously influence adjustments to American foreign policy."

Peskov had little to say about Bolton's firing, describing it as an "internal affair" of the US and adding that Moscow is not interfering in it.

Earlier, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov stated, "We have observed several times in the past that changes in the US administration bring no improvement. That's why we have no expectations due to the shake-up.

"We judge on acts, not declarations or intentions. When we see progress, then we can say that something has changed," he added, according to the RIA Novosti state news agency.

On Tuesday September 10th, Trump announced the firing of Bolton, a foreign policy hawk with whom he has disagreed on several issues, including Iran and North Korea.

Relations between Moscow and Washington, at their lowest level since the end of the Cold War, have been battered by differences over Ukraine and accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential elections.

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