RUSSIANS APPLAUD TRUMP CABINET
With two decades of dealmaking in Russia’s vital oil industry under his belt, Rex Tillerson is Vladimir Putin’s kind of man.
The Exxon Mobil chief is Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state, fueling optimism in Moscow that a longed-for thaw in relations is near.
If confirmed, Tillerson would join another supporter of closer cooperation with Russia at the top of America’s policy-making apparatus, Michael Flynn, the president-elect’s national security adviser.
Add in Trump’s nominee for defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis, who is viewed in Moscow as more pragmatic than his predecessors, and the Kremlin couldn’t ask for much more, according to Sergei Markov, a consultant to Putin’s staff.
“This is a fantastic team,” Markov said. “These are people that Russia can do business with.” Russia is banking on better relations with the incoming Trump administration to help it end a stretch of international isolation and emerge from its longest recession in two decades.