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Russia says ties with US to remain at rock bottom regardless of midterm results

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov

Russia says bilateral relations with the United States are most likely to remain "bad" regardless of the results of midterm elections in the US.

Ties between the two countries are at a historic low over Moscow's military operation in Ukraine.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stressed that no matter what the results of the US midterm elections would be, he expected no improvement in battered bilateral ties between Moscow and Washington.

“These elections are important, but it’s not necessary to exaggerate their importance in the short and medium-term for our relations," he said.

"These elections won't have any significant impact. Our existing ties are bad and they will remain bad," Peskov stressed.

Moscow commenced what it called a "special military operation" in neighboring Ukraine on February 24, with the declared aim of “de-Nazifying” the country. Since the onset of the operation, the United States and its European allies have imposed waves of economic sanctions against Moscow while supplying large consignments of heavy weaponry to Kiev over Russian objections.

The Kremlin has time and again warned Washington that punitive measures against Moscow by the US and its allies and pouring advanced weapons by them into Ukraine will only prolong the war.

Initial results of the midterm elections in the US showed that Republicans and Democrats are in a tight race for control of the Congress. Republicans made modest gains but control of Congress and the future of American President Joe Biden's agenda remained unclear on Wednesday morning.

In the House of Representatives, Republicans remained favored to win a majority that would allow them to block Biden's political agenda while launching politically damaging investigations into his administration and family.

Republicans will have the power to block Biden’s aid to Ukraine if they win back control of Congress, but analysts say they are more likely to slow or pare back the flow of arms and economic assistance.

Biden is a key ally to Ukraine, whose president - Volodymyr Zelensky - urged the US earlier this week to remain "united" until there was peace in the ex-Soviet republic.

"I call on you to maintain unwavering unity, as it is now," Zelensky said in an address.

Washington has committed multiple security packages to Kiev since the onset of war in Ukraine.

This is while fear grow in Ukraine of reduced American support if Republicans make gains in Tuesday's elections. In the absence of US leadership in supporting Kiev against Moscow, Ukraine would slip down the policy agenda of Europe, too, depriving the war-ravaged country of the backing it needs for repelling the months-long offensive by Russian forces.

Separately on Wednesday, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, currently serving as deputy chairman of the Russian Security Council, said that global support for the US policy course is on the decline.

"The initial results of the elections in the United States and yesterday’s hysterical ‘ultimatum’ by Ukraine’s green leader in a green unwashed T-shirt is proof that the familiar world of grandpa Biden is slipping away, global support for US policy is on the decline, and betting on a ‘stoned hetman’ was a huge mistake," Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.

Voting at the midterm elections ended on Tuesday night in the US. Americans cast their ballots for all 435 members of the House and a third of the Senate. Moreover, governors of 36 states and three US overseas territories were elected.

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