Putin says will try to re­pair ties with US un­der Trump

The Star (Kenya) - - News World -

Rus­sia is ready to do its part to fully re­store ties with Washington fol­low­ing the elec­tion of busi­ness­man Don­ald Trump as the next US Pres­i­dent, Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said yes­ter­day.

Trump stunned the world by de­feat­ing heav­ily favoured ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton in Tues­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, end­ing eight years of Demo­cratic rule and send­ing the United States on a new, un­cer­tain path.

Among those un­cer­tain­ties will be the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s fu­ture re­la­tions with Rus­sia.

Ties be­tween Washington and Moscow have be­come in­creas­ingly strained over the con­flicts in Ukraine and Syria, and al­le­ga­tions of Rus­sian cy­ber at­tacks fea­tured in the US elec­tion cam­paign.

“We heard the cam­paign state­ments of the fu­ture US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date about the restora­tion of re­la­tions be- tween Rus­sia and the United States,” Putin said yes­ter­day at a cer­e­mony to re­ceive cre­den­tials from new for­eign am­bas­sadors.

“It is not an easy path, but we are ready to do our part and do ev­ery­thing to re­turn Rus­sian and Amer­i­can re­la­tions to a sta­ble path of de­vel­op­ment,” he added. Trump is widely viewed as friendly to the Krem­lin and Putin has said his fu­ture coun­ter­part is a tal­ented char­ac­ter.

/REUTERS

Rus­sia’s Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin when he re­ceived diplo­matic cre­den­tials from for­eign am­bas­sadors in Moscow yes­ter­day

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