Kremlin Disagrees With Trump Calling Iran a Terrorist State

Putin's spokesman also demands an apology from Fox News for 'unacceptable' reference to the Russian leader as 'a killer' during an interview with the U.S. president.

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Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Credit: AP Photo/Evan Vucci and Mikhail Klimentyev/AP

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman told reporters on Monday that the Kremlin did not agree with comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that Iran was a terrorist state.

But differences between Russia and the United States should not stop the two countries from building a mutually beneficial relationship, said Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman.

"It's not a secret that Moscow and Washington's views on many international issues are diametrically opposed," Peskov said.

Peskov also said the Kremlin wanted an apology from Fox News for "unacceptable" comments one of the channel's presenters made about Putin in an interview Trump.

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly described Putin as "a killer" in the interview as he tried to press the U.S. president to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart. O'Reilly did not say who he thought Putin had killed.

"We consider such words from the Fox TV company to be unacceptable and insulting, and honestly speaking, we would prefer to get an apology from such a respected TV company," Peskov told reporters on a conference call. 

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