Posted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 8:12 pm Post subject: Russia offering olive branch to Trump
Russia 'ready to do its part' to rebuild US ties with Trump: Putin
AFP AFPNovember 9, 2016
Moscow (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Moscow is ready to contribute to rebuilding relations with the United States with Donald Trump as president.
"We have heard the pre-election statements by then-candidate (Trump), which were directed at rebuilding relations between Russia and the US," Putin said during a speech before several ambassadors in the Kremlin.
"We understand that this will not be an easy path considering the unfortunate degradation of relations," he said. "But Russia is ready and wants to restore full-fledged relations with the US."
"We are ready to do our part and do everything to return (US-Russian) relations to the trajectory of development," he said.
"This would be in the interest of Russian and American people and would positively affect the general climate in international relations, considering the special responsibility of Russia and the US for ensuring global stability and security."
Personally, I think this is one of the best outcomes of the election. Putin has been looking for a negotiated settlement of the issues between the US and Russia. What it means is admitting to the losses of the Obama adventures in foreign policy, whatever that turns out to be. For sure, there will be the loss of hegemony over the eastern Mediterranean and the middle east. Putin wants a missile system presently being built in Romania and Poland to stop. What will he give up? There has to be a face-saving 'gain' for Trump.
If they can get past this, there's every reason to believe that they can work together to change the picture in the moslem world.
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