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Moscow hopes Putin, Trump will get along

January 12, 13:53 UTC+3
There should be much more mutual respect between Russia and US than now, Kremlin said
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MOSCOW, January 12. /TASS/. Moscow expects that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump will get along, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Indeed, Moscow hopes that our presidents will get along," Peskov told reporters commenting on Trump’s latest statements.

Peskov also recalled Trump’s words on readiness for a dialogue with Moscow. "This does not mean that this is readiness to agree on everything with each other, this is hardly possible," he said.

"Moscow does not expect this. But holding a dialogue - we should hope for this, and for what will help us to search for a way out of many difficult situations," he said.

On mutual respect between Russia and US

The Kremlin believes that there should be much more mutual respect between Russia and the United States than now. "Of course, we believe that there should be much more mutual respect in the Russian-US relations," Peskov said.

He said as much commenting on remarks by US President-elect, Donald Trump, who said that "Russia will have much greater respect" for the United States under his administration compared to other US leaders.

"President Putin has shown clearly and unambiguously by his actions and in his statements his willingness to respect our partners," the Kremlin spokesman said. "However, this respect can only be reciprocal. It cannot be unilateral."

On alleged hacker attacks

US accusing Russia of hacker attacks has turned into real hysterics, it is impossible to look for a rational kernel in such conditions, according to Peskov.

He was asked to comment on a statement made by Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson that Russia’s alleged hacker attacks requires an adequate response.

"This topic has grown really hysterical, and as we know during hysterics it is impossible to look for rational kernel. We should wait until hysterics is over," Peskov said.

On Tillerson's position on Crimea

The Kremlin has taken into account US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson's position on Crimea but does not agree with his view, according to Peskov.

"We disagree with such statement and will be explaining our position," Peskov said. He added that the Kremlin "takes into consideration" Tillerson’s stance and will continue "explaining with patience the essence of this issue."

Peskov said he would not comment on Tillerson’s statements that Russia allegedly invaded Ukraine’s territory on the eastern border and therefore Kiev should be provided with assistance, in particular defensive weapons.

"I would leave this without any reaction. We will explain to Secretary of State Tillerson all the respective issues as soon as he has them," Peskov said.

 

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