MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Members of the U.S. Congress from both parties may become key proxies of the anti-Russian policies as the U.S President-elect Donald Trump takes the office, head of the Russian parliament’s upper house’s international committee Konstantin Kosachev wrote on Facebook in a comment on negative reaction of the U.S. deputies on a possible appointment of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson the country’s secretary of state.
"First of all, the Senate (like the House of Representatives) will be Trump’s major opponents in his new foreign policy, they have a two-party consensus on that," the Russian politician said. "And, secondly, this consensus is exclusively of the anti-Russian character."
"Trump would be allowed to behave differently both with NATO’s European allies, and even with China, but never ever - with Russia," he added. "Any attempts to improve relations with this country would be interpreted as contradicting with the U.S. national interests."
He continued, saying the U.S. elites "without a shade of doubt" put their personal interests above the collective ones as they consider the attempts to fix relations with Russia contradicting with the U.S. national interests.
"But this logics is falling apart and remains in the past," he concluded. "This is seen clearly from results of the election and referendums in the U.S. and in many other countries."
The U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump in an interview with Fox News channel called Exxon Mobil’s CEO Rex Tillerson a world-class player who does massive deals in Russia.
When asked why a business executive made sense as a chief diplomat, Trump said that Tillerson’s case was "much more than a business executive, he's a world-class player." Trump added that "he knows many of the players, and he knows them well. He does massive deals in Russia - for the company, not for himself." The interview was recorded before a number of TV channels, including NBC, said that the president-elect was expected to choose Tillerson as secretary of state.
Tillerson, 64, has been Exxon’s CEO since 2006. The Wall Street Journal said earlier that Tillerson "could leverage existing relationships with numerous world leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin, with whom he has had dealings for more than a decade." "As Exxon’s chief executive, he has spoken against sanctions on Russia," The Wall Street Journal pointed out.