December 14, during his annual press conference, Russian leader Vladimir Putin said that US President Trump did not succeed in improving relations between the United States and Russia:
“There are things he would like to do, but yet has not been able to. It is about the health care reform or some other areas, he spoke about improving relations with Russia. It is obvious that even if he wanted to, he could not do it due to certain restrictions. ... I do not know if he still has such a desire or if it is completely exhausted, I hope he has, and I proceed from the fact that in the end, we will still normalize our relations, we will develop them, we will overcome common threats in the interest of the American and Russian peoples," Putin said.
He also once again denied the interference of the Russian Federation in American elections:
“This all was invented by people who are in opposition to Trump, in order to make his work illegitimate.”
On the initiative of the American side, President of Russia Vladimir Putin held telephone talks with US President Donald Trump, the press service of the Kremlin reported on Friday, December 15.
“The topical issues of bilateral relations were discussed, as well as the situation in crisis spots with an emphasis on the settlement of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue,” reads the statement.
In turn, the statement of the White House on the results of the talks between the two leaders indicated that "President Trump thanked President Putin for acknowledging America’s strong economic performance in his annual press conference."
QHA reported that the Russian president, answering the question of a Ukrainian journalist, said that Ukraine should negotiate with the militants of the ORDLO directly and once again denied presence of Russian military in the Donbas.