MOSCOW, November 7 (Itar-Tass) — Russia is ready to build relationship with the new U.S. Administration as far as Washington is prepared for this, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.
In an interview with The Moscow News on Wednesday, Lavrov said there were no grounds for query the outcome of the presidential elections.
“It is natural that we will continue to work with this administration. We are ready to do our best on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect as far as the new U.S. Administration is prepared for this,” the Russian minister stressed.
At the same time, he noted that after the elections the Barack Obama Administration would change. For example, the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, can be changed, Lavrov added. “She told me about it in Vladivostok within the APEC summit,” the minister said.
The Russian and U.S. interests coincide in many aspects though both parties have disagreements on certain issues, Lavrov added. In his words, relations between Moscow and Washington “are not only limited by mutual calculations of warheads. The fact that the New START Treaty is implemented meets our interests in full. As I see Americans are also satisfied with this”.
He said the Presidents, Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, focused on the development of economic cooperation. In particular, the Russian leader proposed to create a mechanism, which would be designed to control the investment climate both in Russia and the United States. “For clear reasons, this idea will not yield anything concrete. But it remains on the agenda. Of course, as soon as the Washington Administration regroups and is ready for the work we will return to the idea,” Lavrov noted.