Support The Moscow Times!

Kremlin Views Trump's Tweets as Official Statements, Says Putin's Spokesman


Donald Trump’s tweets are interpreted as official statements by the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told journalists on Tuesday. 

Dmitry Peskov said Russian President Vladimir Putin receives regular updates on Trump’s comments on Twitter, alongside a summary of statements made by other leaders.

“Everything which is published on his official Twitter account, is considered in Moscow to be an official statement,” Peskov was cited as saying by the state-run TASS news agency.

Peskov declined to give an assessment of the U.S. president’s tweets. 

The U.S. president's tweets regularly raise eyebrows. During heightened tensions with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un, Trump referred to him on Twitter as “rocket man.” 

On Putin and Russia, Trump has generally been positive. In a July 2016 Tweet, he said: "The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me.”

Putin does not have a Twitter account, Peskov told journalists. 

"He doesn't want to run it himself," Peskov said, "but he also doesn't think it an option for someone else to do it, such as someone from the press service or presidential administration."

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

Please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world's largest country.