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Putin Says He Will Try to Repair Ties With US Under Trump

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Wednesday, 09 Nov 2016 07:16 AM

Russia President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the presidential election and said he hoped it would mark a new phase in relations between the two countries after their most serious standoff since the Cold War.

Putin sent Trump a telegram Wednesday in which he expressed "hope for joint efforts to bring Russian-American ties out of crisis, resolve key international questions and find an effective response to the challenges of global security," the Kremlin said in an e-mailed statement.

Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with Washington following the election of Trump, Putin said.

Trump stunned the world by defeating heavily favored 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 U.S. election campaign.

"We heard the campaign statements of the future U.S. presidential candidate about the restoration of relations between Russia and the United States," Putin said on Wednesday 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.

"This would be good for both the Russian and American people and have a positive impact on the climate of world affairs."

Trump is widely viewed as friendly to the Kremlin and Putin has said previously his future counterpart is a talented and colorful character.

The Kremlin said earlier on Wednesday Russia hoped coordination with the United States over the war in Syria, where the two countries back opposing sides, would improve under the new U.S. president.

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Russia is ready to do its part to fully restore ties with Washington following the election of businessman Donald Trump as the next U.S. President, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.
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