Vladimir Putin warned that the US’ relationship with Russia keeps getting worse and worse.

Iran Press/Europe: Russian President made the comments to the Mir TV channel while discussing the sanctions that the US has imposed on Russia, according to a Kremlin transcript obtained by the media.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said relations between his nation and the US are on the decline, Reuters reported.

“They are going downhill, they are getting worse and worse,” Putin said, according to a Kremlin transcript. “The current administration has approved, in my opinion, several dozen decisions on sanctions against Russia in recent years.”

Putin noted that the worsening relationship between Russia and the US comes at the same time as he feels Moscow is gaining a stronger alliance with China.

Last week, during a state visit to Russia by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Putin said between the two are at an “unprecedented level.”

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump told reporters he planned to meet with Putin in Japan at the G20 summit a day after the Kremlin said such a meeting was “hanging in the air,” according to Reuters.

In addition to sanctions, US-Russian relations have been strained over Russia’s presence in Venezuela.

Russia has offered support for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. The United States has backed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the nation's leader.

Trump has repeatedly called for Russian personnel to leave the nation, announcing last week that they had “removed most of their people,” which the Kremlin has contradicted.

“We really hope that common sense will prevail in the end,” said Putin of the Venezuelan conflict, according to Reuters.

“That with all of our partners, including our American partners ... we can reach some decisions in the framework of the forthcoming G20 that will be constructive and create the necessary stable conditions for economic cooperation,” Putin added. 213/

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