Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Monday that President Trump is going tougher on Russia than former President Barack Obama did during his eight years in office.
"As for foreign policy, I am disappointed and have to state that in many respects this is a continuation of the worst of Obama's legacy, even a tougher policy in some aspects," Ryabkov said, according to Tass, Russia's state-owned news agency.
His comment comes even as Democrats in the U.S. continue to charge that Trump colluded with Russia in order to win the 2016 election and that Trump will go soft on Russia as a result.
Trump last week signed legislation into law that imposes tougher sanctions against Russia, and gives Congress a chance to override Trump should he decide to waive sanctions against Russia. Russia retaliated by seizing two U.S. properties in Russia.
Ryabkov said that while the relationship has gotten worse, things were already souring between the U.S. and Russia "at the final stage of the previous administration's tenure."
Ryabkov said Russia is not looking for a confrontation with Russia.
"I hope that things won't come to a confrontation," Ryabkov said. "We will work to minimize the damage from what has been done."
Still, he said the tit-for-tat will be hard to unwind.
"This is not a one-day issue," he said. "At present, it is hard for me to say, how long it will take to establish a normal modus operandi with the United States. But I confirm that we will try to do that."