Volodin hopes for constructive U.S.-Russian dialog after Trump’s victory

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin.

Ria Novosti
'Current Russian-U.S. relations cannot be called friendly'

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin would like to hope that a more constructive U.S.-Russian dialog will be possible when the newly-elected American president takes office.

According to early election returns, Donald Trump received more than 270 votes in the Electoral College, which guarantees his ultimate election victory. His triumph came as a surprise, because pre-election polls had predicted Clinton’s comfortable victory with 4 percent advantage.

"Current Russian-U.S. relations cannot be called friendly. One would like to hope that a more constructive dialog between the two countries will be possible when the new president takes office," Volodin told parliamentary reporters. "The Russian parliament will welcome and support any steps along these lines."

"It is important for us relations between our countries should be built on the basis of mutual respect and equitable partnership and cooperation should benefit both sides," Volodin said. "Only in that case we will be able to take our relations to a new level matching the interests of the two peoples."

Volodin recalled the Russian side had invariably stressed the idea that the presidential election was an exclusively internal affair of the United States and that Russia invariably respected the choice of the American people.

Source: TASS

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