Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, not weeks, a Kremlin spokesman said.
Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday after winning the presidential contest against Hillary Clinton.
Russia-U.S. relations were at their lowest since the Cold War under Barack Obama’s administration, with tensions around conflict in Ukraine and Syria crisis.
‘This will not be in coming weeks, let’s hope for the best – that the meeting will happen in the coming months,’ President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said according to TASS.
The Kremlin is voicing hope for a constructive dialogue but warning that differences will remain.
Peskov, said in an interview with state television broadcast Saturday that it would be an ‘illusion’ to expect that U.S.-Russian relations would be free of disagreements.
Peskov noted the intricacy of nuclear arms control and the complexity of the situation in Syria among other challenges.
‘Successful development of bilateral ties will depend on our ability to solve these differences through dialogue,’ Peskov said.
He said Putin will call Trump soon to congratulate him.
Some of Trump’s opponents believe the Kremlin helped him win the White House by staging a hacking campaign to hoover up embarrassing information about Clinton, his rival.
The Kremlin denies that, saying that U.S. Democratic party used hacking allegations as an excuse for losing to Trump.
Putin and other high-ranked Russian officials have publicly praised Trump, expecting him to lift U.S. sanctions on Moscow, first put in place in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine.
Peskov said that it would be ‘a big mistake’ to think that Russia-U.S. relations will be ‘free of contradictions and disputes,’ during a Trump presidency.
‘We indeed are the two biggest countries in the world. And we can’t live without frictions, conflict of interests,’ Peskov was quoted by Interfax was saying on Saturday.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Sarah Dean