What matters most to Russia is the confidence that its relations with the United States will develop further irrespective of the outcome of the U.S. presidential elections, said Russian President Vladimir Putin's press secretary.
"We do hope there won't be any place for confrontational rhetoric and statements in them," Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday.
"Details of the presidential elections in the U.S. hardly figure at the top of the Russian state's agenda. What matters most to us is the confidence that the mutual political willingness to maintain dialogue, to tackle all disputes using political-diplomatic means, and to promote bilateral cooperation and constructive and creative processes in bilateral relations, will continue," he said.
Peskov said in answer to reporters' questions that, Putin will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton "in the corridors" of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, even though no special bilateral meeting is envisioned between them.
"We are sure they will have an opportunity to talk about some sharp issues," Peskov said on a Putin-Clinton likely meeting on the sidelines of the summit.
Clinton is expected to have substantive talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov tomorrow, Peskov said.
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