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Expert: Russia-US ties unlikely to get boost even if Trump wins

September 08, 17:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Republican Party nominee Donald Trump said earlier that he would "get along very well" with Russian President Vladimir Putin
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MOSCOW, September 8. /TASS/. Relations between Russia and the US will hardly see a quick revival even if Republican Party nominee Donald Trump wins, the director of the Institute for the US and Canadian Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told a news conference on Thursday.

"It is naive to think that Trump’s presidency holds promises for a big friendship with the United States," Valery Garbuzov said. "A dialog can start at the best or some meetings, even at the summit level, that will hardly end in something, in some arrangements or agreements," he said.

According to the expert, "a lot of things must be discussed, positions must be coordinated before we could say that Russia and the US would see a period of declining tensions in their relations".

Trump said earlier that he would "get along very well" with Putin. Later, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in comments on these words that he hoped the US would show its will towards establishing good relations with Russia after the presidential elections.

In other remark, he pointed out that Moscow did not intervene in the internal affairs of other states.

"Let me remind you President Vladimir Putin’s fundamental stance on this score. Russia has one favorable feature that distinguishes it from a number of countries: we never intervene in the internal affairs of other states," Peskov said. "Naturally, we believe that the best candidate for the post of the President of the United States will be the one a majority of the American people will vote for. Whatever peculiar features the US electoral system might have."

Should Clinton win presidential election, US policy to undergo no change

Accordign to the analyst, Hillary Clinton is most likely to emerge the winner in the US presidential election race and in that case the country’s foreign policy will see no change.

"As for Donald Trump’s chances to win, they do exist but look much slimmer than Clinton’s," the analyst said.

Garbuzov said that the US foreign policy was likely to stay unchanged under Clinton.

"I don’t think that Clinton’s victory may bring about a reformatting of the US foreign policy vector," he said. "Clinton will be pushing ahead with the policy that we’ve seen so far in foreign policy and in relations with Russia."

Garbuzov doubts that Trump will begin to translate into life the policy he has proclaimed during his election campaign.

"If Trump wins, I don’t think that we’ll see everything he’s promised. Trump is unlikely to implement his program if he gets into the White House. In some respects it is unrealistic and in others it is brimming with demagogy. It will be very hard to translate into life," he added.

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