- Title: RUSSIA-USA/PUTIN Putin says relations with U.S. must be based on equality
- Date: 19th November 2014
- Summary: MOSCOW, RUSSIA (NOVEMBER 19, 2014) (REUTERS) CEREMONY WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, AND AMBASSADORS TO RUSSIA PUTIN SPEAKING, RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, STANDING NEXT TO HIM VARIOUS OF AMBASSADORS (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "We are ready for practical cooperation with our American partners in different fields, based on the principles of respect for each others' interests, equal rights and non-interference in internal matters." VARIOUS OF U.S. AMBASSADOR, JOHN TEFFT VARIOUS OF AMBASSADORS CEREMONY IN PROGRESS
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- Topics: General
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- Story Text: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (November 19) that Moscow was ready for cooperation with the United States, provided it was based on mutual respect of interests and non-interference in internal affairs.
Putin was speaking at the the ceremony of receiving credentials from new ambassadors to Russia, which took place in the Alexandrovsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace.
Vladimir Putin, who has fiercely criticised Washington over the crisis in Ukraine that has strained U.S.- Russian relations, spelled out his basic terms for better ties after receiving the credentials of the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, John Tefft.
"We are ready for practical cooperation with our American partners in different fields, based on the principles of respect for each others' interests, equal rights and non-interference in internal matters," Putin said.
His remarks echoed earlier comments he has made on relations with Washington, which he has accused of trying to dominate world affairs and prevent Russia increasing its global influence.
The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia over its policies in Ukraine, where separatists have risen up against government forces in the east. U.S. President Barack Obama earlier warned that Russia would remain isolated by the international community if Putin continued to violate international law in Ukraine. Putin has dismissed such criticism and blames the crisis on the West.
Moscow approved the appointment of Tefft even though Russian officials said privately he was not entirely to their liking. Tefft was the United States' ambassador to Georgia during its short war with Russia in 2008 and was the U.S. envoy to Ukraine for nearly four years until July last year. He was deputy chief of mission in Moscow in the second half of the 1990s.
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