On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin showed a positive attitude towards rebuilding diplomatic relations with the United States following the announcement that Donald Trump was the winner of the Presidential election. In addition to sending a telegram to the President-elect, Vladimir Putin made a special statement during a presentation ceremony for foreign ambassadors in Moscow. Even though American leaders have been butting heads with Russian officials over issues such as Syria, Putin seemed very open to the idea of moving past the conflict and once again working with the leaders of the free world.
“We heard [Trump’s] campaign rhetoric while still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States,” Putin said at the ceremony.
“We understand and are aware that it will be a difficult path in the light of the degradation in which, unfortunately, the relationship between Russia and the US are at the moment,” he added.
Looking forward to a chance to fix relations with a new leader of the United Stated, Putin reiterated that “it is not our fault that Russia-US relations are as you see them.”
Following the U.S. Presidential election results, the Kremlin confirmed that Vladimir Putin sent a congratulatory telegram to the soon-to-be President. The Kremlin shared the context of the telegram on its official government website.
“In a telegram to Vladimir Putin expressed his hope to work together for the removal of Russian-American relations from the crisis, as well as to address the pressing issues of the international agenda and the search for effective responses to global security challenges.
Russian President also expressed confidence that building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, which is based on principles of equality, mutual respect and taking into account the actual position of each other, in the interests of our peoples and the world community.
Putin wished D.Trump success in such important work at the head of the state.”
Since the beginning of his campaign, Donald Trump has shared a respect for Vladimir Putin and an acknowledgment that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were part of the problem of the weakening bond between the two nations. Trump was highly criticized for his positive statements about the Russian leader, and was often accused by democrats of working together with Putin to try and sway the Presidential election in his favor.