The position of the new U.S. President, Donald Trump, “gives some hope for positive developments in bilateral relations.” To restore relations with Washington, Moscow is ready to do its part, as indicated by Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, to the Austrian magazine Profil.
“We are ready to do our part to improve relations with the USA. Their degradation in recent years has occurred not because of us, but as a result of targeted actions by the previous Administration in Washington,” Lavrov explained, and also added that Moscow was always ready “to develop sustainable cooperation.” Moreover, Russia and the USA have untapped potential in the areas of trade and investment, as well as the technological sphere, the Minister noted.
At the same time, it is too early to speak of how Moscow will work with the republican team, Lavrov stressed. According to him, “we should wait until key officials of the new Administration get used to their positions and refine foreign policy priorities, and after this, conclusions about our prospects can be made.”
Earlier Trump stated that “it is better for the USA to get along with Russia rather than not.”