Speaking at a ceremony welcoming new ambassadors to Moscow, Putin acknowledged remarks made by Trump during the campaign that building more cooperative relations with Russia could only be a good thing. Putin reiterated his positive feelings on these remarks as he congratulated Trump on his victory.
Putin admitted that there will be some stumbling blocks to reconciliation but that Russia more than welcomes any positive steps taken. He reiterated that Russia and America have a vital role to play in ensuring global security and stability and that only through cooperation can this be effectively achieved. Putin also expressed hope over the joint efforts on bringing Russian-American relations out of their current crisis.
Putin spoke at the presentation ceremony of foreign ambassadors’ letters of credentials in Moscow:
“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.”
“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.”
“As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-US relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the US. I repeat we understand this will be difficult but we are ready to play our part in it.”
“Building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other’s positions, meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.”
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Donald Trump’s victory saying, Russia will judge the new U.S. administration by its actions, and take appropriate steps in response.