Looks like Russia’s Vladimir Putin is ready to get very friendly with Donald Trump as he drops compliments and niceties for the president-elect—and vice versa.
If there’s one thing Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump share, it’s that they both share an equal amount of love and hate from the world. This is why when much of the world watched Donald Trump win the 2016 U.S. elections with horror and aghast, Vladimir Putin was quick to drop a friendly call on the president-elect, just days after he was proclaimed victorious.
The first encounter between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump already bode well for the two. This was a call back in November 14, just a few days after Trump was announced as the victor of the 2016 U.S. presidential elections, according to The Guardian. A statement from Trump’s transition team shared that the call was a congratulatory call from Putin to Trump, emphasizing how favorable the U.S.-Russian relations looks in the horizon.
“During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years,” the statement said.
“President-elect Trump noted to President Putin that he is very much looking forward to having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the people of Russia.”
Today, Putin, yet again, emphasizes how it’s looking pretty good for Russia and US following Trump’s victory. BBC reports that Putin was quoted in an interview today with Russia’s NTV channel, saying the following.
“Trump was an entrepreneur and a businessman. He is already a statesman, he is the head of the United States of America, one of the world’s leading countries. Because he achieved success in business, it suggests that he is a clever man. And if he is a clever man, then he will fully and quite quickly understand another level of responsibility. We assume that he will be acting from these positions.”
This comes after last week’s state of the nation address delivered by Putin, via Gulf News, which touched base on how Russia is now poised to make friends, not enemies.
“We don’t want confrontation with anyone.
“Unlike our foreign colleagues who see Russia as an enemy, we have never been looking for enemies, we need friends. But we won’t allow any infringement on our interests and neglect of them.”
The post-Cold War relationship between the U.S. and Russia has been rocky, especially since the Ukrainian crisis and the war in Syria. We can remember, too, that Obama’s government tried to accuse Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee. But in Putin’s address, he emphasizes that he is ready to mend whatever it is that needs mending with the U.S. government, especially after Trump’s victory.
“We are ready for cooperation with the new American administration. It’s important to normalise [sic] 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.”
We can also remember that in a forum last September, via Talking Points Memo, Donald Trump has dropped some compliments of his own for the Russian president, saying that as a leader, he has “great control over his country.” Trump also noted that Obama has not been very nice with Putin and if it were up to Trump, the U.S. will have a great relationship with Russia.
“I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Putin, and I think I would have a very, very good relationship with Russia.
“And you know the beautiful part of getting along, Russia wants to defeat ISIS as badly as we do. If we had a relationship with Russia, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could work on it together and knock the hell out of ISIS? Wouldn’t that be a wonderful thing?”
With these exchange of foreign niceties between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, is it looking good, finally, for the U.S. and Russia relations?
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