- Title: Russian foreign ministry says eyes better ties with U.S. under Trump
- Date: 10th November 2016
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 10, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS EXTERIORS OF RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY BUILDING RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, WALKING IN AHEAD OF BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "In connection to improvement of bilateral relations and overall external political course - now, as you understand, only the process of formation of (Donald Trump's) team is underway, not so much the working out the course." REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "We, of course, heard about the statements made ahead of the elections. In particular, many of them, as you say, truly evoke optimism but it must be understood that improvement of bilateral relations - and in this case we are talking not so much about improvement but about getting out of a dead end - it will take work." REPORTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESPERSON, MARIA ZAKHAROVA, SAYING: "We are absolutely ready for this. More so, irrespective of how the campaign was conducted, irrespective of the results of the vote not yet being known, during this entire period we not only sent some signals through some representatives, or private messages, it was our clear position that we are ready for cooperation and working together and establishing normal relations." REPORTERS ZAKHAROVA WALKING AWAY AT END OF BRIEFING
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- Keywords: Russian Foreign Ministry Zakharova U.S. election Trump
- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- City: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00157V1E13
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- Story Text: Russia is ready to work on improving bilateral relations with the United States after Donald Trump won presidential elections, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday (November 10).
Speaking at a weekly briefing, Zakharova said that it was premature to expect more specific steps in improving relations with the U.S. as Trump is yet to form his own team.
The Russian government was in touch with members of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign staff during the U.S. election campaign, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Thursday, but gave no further details.
Defeated Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton accused Trump of being a "puppet" of President Vladimir Putin during the campaign, and U.S. officials said Russia had hacked into Democratic party emails, something Moscow denied.
Trump has said he might meet Putin before his inauguration, but Putin's spokesman has said there are currently no plans for such a meeting.
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