Vladimir Putin commented on Donald Trump’s victory today, and what he said might come to a surprise to many, while others probably expected it. According to Putin, Russia is now ready to commence the restoration of foreign relations with the United States.
While speaking at the presentation ceremony of foreign ambassadors’ letters of credentials in Moscow today, Putin said,
“We heard [Trump’s] campaign rhetoric while still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States,” and then added, “We understand and are aware that it will be a difficult path in the light of the degradation in which, unfortunately, the relationship between Russia and the US are at the moment,”
Continuing, Putin commented on the broken state of affairs between the two nations, “it is not our fault that Russia-US relations are as you see them.”
Putin told Donald Trump in a message that was recorded earlier today that a good relationship between Washington and Moscow would be beneficial to both countries.
In the message, the Russian president went on to say that he “would like to address the burning issues that are currently on the international agenda and search for effective responses to the challenges of the global security,” as reported by Ria Novosti.
His statement was an expression of positivity towards “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect, and each other’s positions meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.”
And it isn’t just Putin that feels confidence in Donald Trump’s victory in the election. Vyacheslav Volodin, Russia’s State Duma Speaker, also expressed that he was hopeful that having Donald in office would promote a more constructive relationship between the two nations.
“The current US-Russian relations cannot be called friendly. Hopefully, with the new US president a more constructive dialogue will be possible between our countries,” he said.
“The Russian Parliament will welcome and support any steps in this direction,” Volodin added on Wednesday.
Many observations point to the fact that the relationship between Russia and the U.S has not been this tainted since the Cold War. Putin has continually stated that the steady decrease in relations between Moscow and Washington was not a choice made by Russia.
Of course, it would take much negotiation to come to a peace agreement between both countries. However, with the election now being over, and a new commander in chief soon to take office, this could be exactly what was needed to calm down the tensions between the nations and their allies. Their peace could bring peace to various other nations that have become involved, as well as possibly preventing WWIII.