>> Moscow's hopes of warmer relations with the states dimming on Tuesday, following the resignation of US President Donald Trump's Nation Security Advisor, Michael Flynn. Spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin refusing to comment on revelations Flynn had misled the White House over contact he'd had with Moscow's ambassador a month before Trump's inauguration.
Reuters' Andrew Osborn is in Moscow.>> The Kremlin has said that this is an internal matter for America and that it does not want to comment. It fears that if it does comment, that that will merely fuel fears, existing fears in the United States about the extent of alleged Russian interference in American public life.
>> While Putin's been quiet, members of Russia's Parliament are speaking up. They cheered when they learned of Trump's election.>>
>> Now some are suggesting Flynn was the victim of an anti-Russian plot.>> This turns out to be an attack against us, purporting that we discussed something improper.
Relations are far from being back on track.>> Trump has been in office for less than a month. But on top of Flynn's resignation, his administration has already taken a more hard-line stance over Russia's involvement in Ukraine. And as first reported by Reuters, Trump angrily denounced a long-standing nuclear treaty with Moscow during a phone call with Putin.
>> The Kremlin has been trying to set up a meeting between the two. But Putin's spokesman said today that was even premature to start talking about what direction US-Russia relations might move in. That's really a pretty big sign that the Kremlin is growing increasingly worried about the way things are going.
>> It's not good news for Putin, who is expected to run for a fourth term next year and would likely bank on warmer US ties to cheer investors and offer voters the hope of better living standards. But just 25 days after Trump came to power, the outlook for the Kremlin is looking increasingly bleak.