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Putin, Trump Agree US-Russia Relations Must Improve

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 Nov 2016 11:05 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin, noting he recently had spoken to President-elect Donald Trump, said the two are in agreement that relations between the two nations had to be "straightened out," CNN reports.

In a speech delivered in Moscow, Putin said, "During my recent telephone conversation with Mr. Donald Trump, our opinions coincided that the current, unsatisfactory state of Russia-US relations, undoubtedly must be straightened out. As I already have said, our country is prepared to go down our part of that road.

"In the past few years, unfortunately, we know this, Russian-US relations have substantially degraded. But this is not our fault," Putin said, according to CNN.

Putin said that when Trump takes office on Jan. 20, "we would like to believe that a chance will appear to smooth relations, which is important not only for the people of both countries but fort ensuring international stability and security."

But Politico reports that while there is speculation Trump could meet with Putin in Moscow, officials in Congress and the Pentagon are ready to block any attempt to appease the Russian president.

"It's going to be dark days in the Pentagon" if Trump seeks to dramatically relax the military's confrontational posture toward Moscow, Evelyn Farkas, who served as the Defense Department's top Russia official under Obama, is quoted by Politico.

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