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Russia Says It's Ready To Move Fast To Fix Ties With U.S.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (file photo)
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (file photo)

Moscow says it is ready to work fast to repair relations with Washington now that Donald Trump has been elected U.S. president.

"The Russian side is ready, without wasting time, to begin the work to fix the current state of relations with the U.S., which have been taken to a crisis, a deadlock by the outgoing administration," the TASS news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on November 14.

But Ryabkov said Russian officials knew little of Trump's policy plans, and recognized that there was a difference between his election campaign pledges and the policies he would implement once in office.

"We shall be judging by deeds, not by signals or promises," he said.

Moscow's relations with Washington and its Western allies have plunged to levels of acrimony unseen since the end of the Cold War following Russia's military seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and an ensuing war between Kyiv's forces and Russia-backed separatists.

Trump has said he "would have a very, very good relationship" with Russian President Vladimir Putin and also asserted that he would be better at negotiating with Putin than President Barack Obama has been.

Based on reporting by Reuters and TASS

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