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Re-reset in Russo-US relations not expected, believes Rector of the Moscow Institute of International Relations

November 13, 2012, 17:04 UTC+3

"One should proceed from the principle of the existing possibilities," Anatoly Torkunov stressed

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MOSCOW, November 13 (Itar-Tass) — One should not expect a"re-reset“in Russo- U.S. relations, but rather proceed from the principle of possibilities, Rector of the Moscow Institute of International Relations under the Russian Foreign Ministry Anatoly Torkunov said at a press-conference held at Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

The results of the U.S. election were predictable, he said. "I had no doubt that Barack Obama would be the winner," he said. Several commentators who wished to give a dramatic touch to the presidential race claim that Obama has won due to hurricane Sandy, but in reality the Master of the White House proved to be a leader in the emergency situation, Torkunov said. He admitted a split seen in the U.S. society now, but the very fact that the Democrats took the upper hand under the conditions of high unemployment rates in the United States means that the electorate has made its choice in favor of the man of the new generation, the rector said.

Barack Obama pursues a more tolerant foreign policy, he noted. The head of the U.S. administration always comes out for talks in respect to such problems as the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea despite the related sanctions, Torkunov noted.

The rector of the main school of the Russian diplomatic cadre urged not to forget the results achieved during the recent "re-set", but warned that one should not pin hopes on the so-called "re-reset." The most important thing is that the Russian and the U. S. leaders have reached mutual understanding, Torkunov declared. Although their positions on many problems differ, one should proceed from the principle of the existing possibilities, Torkunov stressed. "The U.S. position on continuing a dialogue on ABM is encouraging. The Russian side is prepared for such talks," the rector underlined.


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