The United States is incapable of changing the sovereign policy of Russia, despite all of its economic power, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, in an interview yesterday published in the weekly Argumenty i Fakti.

“Although it is the largest economy in the world, the U.S. does not have the instruments that can force Russia to renounce its sovereign policy,” Peskov said.

“The sanctions (against Russia) have not changed anything,” the Russian president’s spokesman affirmed, adding that the Russians do not have the tools to force the Americans to give up their policies either.

As to the versions circulating in the United States about the existence of an alliance between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, Peskov classified them as a “conspiracy."