Rus­sia eyes bet­ter Trump ties, says con­tacts are un­der­way

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A top Rus­sian diplo­mat and Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Thurs­day that Rus­sian ex­perts were in con­tact with some mem­bers of Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s staff dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, a pe­riod in which the United States ac­cused Rus­sia of hack­ing into Demo­cratic Party emails sys­tems.

A spokes­woman for Trump de­nied the as­ser­tion, but it raised the on­go­ing sus­pi­cions about the pres­i­den­t­elect’s re­la­tion­ship with Putin’s gov­ern­ment that had dogged his cam­paign with for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Rus­sia is hope­ful that a Trump pres­i­dency will her­ald im­proved re­la­tions with the United States. But Moscow is not bet­ting on an im­me­di­ate dras­tic turn­around in the strained re­la­tion­ship.

And while Trump him­self has said he wants to be friends with Rus­sia and join forces in the fight against ter­ror­ism, he has out­lined few specifics as to how he would go about it.

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