Aide says Putin hopeful about Trump

Aide says Putin hopeful about Trump

A Trump spokeswoman denied there were any contacts between the campaign and "any foreign entity".

"They (Putin and Trump) set out the same main foreign policy principles and that is incredible", Peskov said in comments broadcast by Russian state TV's Channel One on Thursday evening. In October, the U.S. government formally accused Russian Federation of attempting to subvert the election by means of cyberattacks against Democratic Party servers.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling the Interfax news agency Thursday that "there were contacts" with influential people in Trump's circle.

Putin throughout the campaign denied that the Kremlin was interfering with the elections.

Putin has dismissed claims by US authorities that Russian Federation had interfered with the American election by hacking Clinton and the Democratic National Committee and then dumping their private emails online through WikiLeaks.

The Houston Chronicle reported that Washington has blamed Russian Federation for conducting "hacks into the Democratic National Committee and the emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta".

Accused by defeated Democratic contender Hillary Clinton of being a puppet of President Vladimir Putin after praising the Russian leader, Trump has dismissed suggestions he had anything to do with the Russian government during the campaign.

"The current U.S. -Russian relations can not be called friendly", Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said.

Russian Federation is hopeful that a Trump presidency will herald improved relations with the U.S. But, in what is viewed as a sign of the cold realism that Mr. Putin is known for, Moscow is not betting on an immediate drastic turnaround in the strained relationship. It is not clear whether Trump has any investments in the country, because he has not released any tax records. His son, Donald Trump Jr., said in 2008 that "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets", adding that "we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia".

Several Trump advisers also have had well-publicized ties to Russia, including his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who managed an investment fund for a Russian aluminum magnate with close ties to Putin. Manafort resigned from the campaign days after his name was found in a ledger designating funds to be paid out from the party of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, who was ousted in a pro-European street revolution in 2014.

Ryabkov's cautionary tone marked a contrast with the enthusiastic reaction from Russian state media and Russian politicians.

"Hopefully, with the new US president a more constructive dialogue will be possible between our countries".

"A guy calls me a genius, and I'm going to renounce?"

"We don't expect anything special from the new United States administration", Ryabkov added, saying Moscow did not give the impression of being "full of rosy hopes". "We are not Republicans first", Obama said.

Peskov, Putin's spokesman, compared Trump's victory speech after the election to a recent speech by Putin. The two leaders' similarities, he said, could help improve relations between Russian Federation and the U.S.

Putin was notably among the first foreign leaders to congratulate Trump on his stunning upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying he was ready to work together to rebuild bilateral ties, which have fallen to the lowest point since the Cold War.



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