Russian President Putin says he wants to restore fully fledged relations with the United States after Donald Trump's victory.
"(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia,” Putin said on state TV. “We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the US and Russia."
"As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US. I repeat we understand this will be difficult but we are ready to play our part in it." Ref. CNN.
President-elect Donald Trump on Friday shared a letter he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin, who offered Trump his "Warmest Christmas and New Year greetings" and called for "Real steps to restore the framework of bilateral cooperation."
"A very nice letter from Vladimir Putin; his thoughts are so correct," Trump said in a statement. "I hope both sides are able to live up to these thoughts, and we do not have to travel an alternate path."
The release of the letter comes days after Russia voiced complaints about its relationship with the US under the Obama administration. On Thursday, Trump tweeted that the US "Must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability,” hours after Putin pledged to enhance his country's nuclear forces.
Trump reportedly told MSNBC on Friday, "Let it be an arms race."
At his marathon annual news conference on Thursday, Putin said that the US and Russia "Need to discuss ways to normalize our relations. During his election campaign, Trump said it would be proper to normalize, and it can't be worse, and I agree with him."
Sharp rhetoric from the US and Russia has stemmed from disagreements over crises in Syria and Ukraine, and allegations by the US that Russia covertly interfered in the 2016 election -- to the advantage of Trump, according to the intelligence community. Ref. CNN.
Oh sure, let us just reignite the cold war, because that was so much incredible fun for all involved the last time…
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Russian President Vladimir Putin says that Moscow will not expel American diplomats in response to US sanctions against Russia, according to Russian state media.
The Russian Foreign Ministry had earlier recommended the Kremlin send home 35 US diplomats in response to a similar move by Washington on Thursday.
But Putin said he would wait until the inauguration of US President-elect Donald Trump, according to state-run news agency Sputnik. Ref. CNN.