Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.Kommersant
Moscow will be ready to work with any new U.S. leader, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said addressing MGIMO (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) lecturers and students on Sept. 1.
"We favor the development of normal relations with all states, be it America or any other country, whether large or small," the minister said.
"We always proceed from the fact that the fate of each country should be determined by its people. We will be ready to work with any leader who received confidence in free and democratic elections."
The minister noted though that the U.S. election campaign "causes disappointment with U.S. partners." It is a very powerful country where the role of democratic principles, the principles of promoting political concepts has traditionally been high," Lavrov said.
"Whoever wins, that will be the U.S. president, this speaks for itself," Russia’s top diplomat said. "We will be prepared to work with that person, of course, to the extent the new U.S. leader will be ready to work with Russia, and not just work, but work on the basis of the mutually agreed principles, that is, equality, taking into account each other’s interests and mutual respect. With this scenario, we will be able to achieve a lot."
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