Putin expressed readiness to restore relations with the United States

Vladimir Putin

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President Vladimir Putin welcomed the position of Donald trump on the issue of restoration of relations between the US and Russia. According to him, Moscow is ready for this. In addition, Putin expressed hope for the restoration of relations with the EU

Russia is ready to restore full-fledged relations with the United States, said the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin at a press conference following talks with President of Slovenia in Moscow, welcoming the position of leader is Donald trump on this issue.

Putin stated particularly strong degradation of relations between the two countries over the past five years and the need for their recovery. “We have heard how this relates to President-elect Mr trump, we are always welcomed and we hope that these relations will be restored in full and in all directions”, — said the Russian President (quoted by “Interfax”).

However, the improvement of relations depends not only on Russia but also on the American side, said Putin. The United States should “finally build a team and determine who in what areas would engage in dialogue with us.” This, said the Russian President, concerns and trade-economic relations, and security issues, and “different regions of the world who suffer from a great many conflicts.”

Moscow and Washington could, “together”, “to make resolving these issues a significant contribution, including in the fight against international terrorism.”

In addition, Putin said that he has nothing against Ljubljana as a place of meeting with trump. “As for Ljubljana, Slovenia in General, it is, of course, a wonderful place to engage in dialogue of this kind, but it depends not only on us, it depends on a number of circumstances, and current Affairs,” he said (quoted by TASS).

He emphasized that if the meeting ever takes place, he has nothing against Ljubljana. Such meetings in Ljubljana were already, Putin added, referring to a summit with US President Barack Obama. “I would like to thank in advance if such a possibility would, for the readiness of Slovenia to organize the meeting, but this depends not only on us. But of course we are ready for it,” — said Putin.

Putin also expressed hope for gradual restoration of relations with the European Union. The Russian President briefed the Slovenian President on the developments in the Donbas and the worsening situation there. “I stressed the lack of an alternative implementation of the Minsk agreements as the basis for resolution of the conflict”, — said Putin.

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