Vladimir Putin Is Ready To Work In Partnership With The United States

Vladimir Putin Is Ready To Work In Partnership With The United States
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Vladimir Putin has softened his rhetoric about the United States in an annual speech. He states that Russia is ready to take part in tackling global challenges if its interests are respected.

“We are ready to cooperate with the new American administration,” the Russian president said in his state of the nation address to an assembly of lawmakers and officials. President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia wants to normalize ties with the United States and join efforts in the fight against international “terrorism”.

“We don’t want confrontation with anyone,” he said in a speech before officials and lawmakers in the Kremlin.

“Unlike our foreign colleagues who are seeing Russia as an enemy, we have never been looking for enemies – we need friends,” Putin said.

“But we won’t allow any infringement on our interests and neglect of them.”

Russia’s relations with the West have plummeted to a post-Cold War low over the Ukrainian crisis and the war in Syria.

During the US election campaign, President Barack Obama’s administration accused Russia of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the vote. The Kremlin rejected the accusations.

“In the last few years we have faced attempts of foreign pressure with all tools involved – from the myths about Russian aggression, of meddling in elections, to the hounding of our athletes,” Putin said, referring to doping scandals.

Putin said Russia is looking forward to mending ties with the US after president-elect Donald Trump takes office in January.

“We are ready for cooperation with the new American administration,” he said.

“It’s important to normalize and develop our bilateral ties on an equal and mutually beneficial basis. We share responsibility for ensuring global security and stability and strengthening the non-proliferation regime.”

 

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