Russian expert argues that U.S. presidential election winner not important for U.S.-Russia relations

The U.S. presidential election winner is not important for Russia and U.S.-Russia relations, Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of the U.S. and Canada Studies Viktor Kremenyuk said.

"What is the difference? We will deal with any winner," he said in reponse to an Interfax question on which U.S. president would be easier to deal with for Russia.

The expert disagreed with the opinion that Barack Obama's re-election would warm U.S.-Russia relations.

Russia pinned big hopes on the Obama presidency, in particular, for missile defense agreements, the reset of the bilateral relations and the New START Treaty.

"It appeared the hopes were inflated," Kremenyuk said. "I think expectations for something good to happen during the second presidential term of Obama are a castle made of sand."

The expert is not optimistic about missile defense agreements with the United States either, he said.

"We may agree on missile defense only in the case of an obvious threat from the Near East or Central Asia, such as Iran or the Taliban. That is, somebody possessing missiles and ready to use them. In that case, the missile defense question will become acute," Kremenyuk said.

"Russia and the United States will strike a deal within a month if the danger is explicit," he said.

As to what may happen to Russia-U.S. relations if Mitt Romney wins the election, Kremenyuk said, "Romney may be preferable to some. Why? He is more predictable. It will be easier to deal with him. Still, I am not sure. Everything has happened in our relations with the Republicans."

According to Kremenyuk, there will be no drastic change in U.S.-Russia relations after the presidential election in the United States. He does not predict a new Cold War either.

"We cannot give anything to the Americans and they cannot give us anything," the expert said.

"We exist in different worlds. We have our own problems and they have their own. It seemed at a certain moment that both of us were interested in leading Russia out of the crisis, giving a fresh start to its economy and so on, but the Americans realized quickly that few people here were interested in doing that and they wondered why they should bother," he said.

According to Gallup, 54 percent of the Americans expect the election victory to go to Obama.

Thirty-four percent support Obama's election contestant Romney.

The 57th presidential election in the United States takes place on Nov. 6.

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