Kremlin Says Regrets That Putin, Russia 'Inseparable Part' of U.S. Election

Comment made after Donald Trump says Russia broke Syria cease-fire deal with U.S. and that Vladimir Putin doesn't respect American leaders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he addresses students during his visit to the German Embassy school in Moscow, Russia, June 29, 2016.
Alexander Zemlianichenko, Reuters

The Kremlin said on Wednesday it regretted the fact that Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin had become what it called an inseparable part of the U.S. election campaign, saying it was fed up with Russia usually being presented in a negative light. 

The comments were made after U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said a day earlier that Russia had broken a deal with the United States over a cease-fire in Syria and that Putin did not respect U.S. leaders.

"Of course we would like our country to be mentioned only positively, but to our regret we know that the Russian card and mentioning our president have practically become an inseparable part of America's election campaign," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters.