Putin congratulates Obama on victory
7.11.12 16:06 By News Dept.
The Kremlin is "very positive" about Barack Obama's victory in the U.S. presidential election. Russian President Vladimir Putin will shortly congratulate him over the phone, reports RIA Novosti citing presidential press attache, Dmitry Peskov.
Putin has already sent a congratulatory telegram to President Obama.
"The text of message will be made public after it is received by the U.S.," said Peskov.
"As a whole, the Kremlin is very positive about news of Barack Obama's victory in the elections," continued Peskov.
"We are full of hope that the positive initiatives in bilateral relations and cooperation between Russia and the U.S. on the world stage, will be developed and improved in the interests of international security and stability," Peskov said.
"We expect that very soon Vladimir Putin will congratulate Barack Obama on his election victory via a personal telephone conversation," added Peskov.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also commented on the results of the U.S. elections.
"I am pleased that the president is not a person who considers Russia to be enemy number one. It's a funny kind of paranoia. Obama is an understandable and predictable partner. I hope that, for Russia as a whole, there will be a normal relationship," the Prime Minister said.
Russia is ready to go as far as Washington is on the issue of cooperation with the new U.S. administration, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday in an interview with the "Moscow News."
Lavrov said that there was no reason to question the election results.
"Naturally, we will continue to work with this administration," said Lavrov. "We are ready to work on a basis of equality, mutual benefit, mutual respect …and to go as far as the U.S. administration is ready to go. "
Lavrov also noted that after the election, the Obama administration will change, including a change of U.S. Secretary of State.
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