Kremlin: US Presidential Election Result Surprising for Moscow
23:13 11.11.2016(updated 23:36 11.11.2016)
The outcomes of 2016 presidential election in the United States came as a surprise for Moscow, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Russian leadership, and President Vladimir Putin in particular, stayed neutral regarding the US presidential election process, and Donald Trump's victory came as a surprise for the Kremlin, Peskov said.
"President Putin did his best in order to stay neutral in this story. Despite the fact that personally he was playing an overwhelming role, quite unexpectedly for us in American election campaign, but, nonetheless, he never pointed out his favorite candidate and he was very careful saying that Russia would welcome any choice of American people and we cannot afford interfering into America's domestic affairs," Peskov told CNN in an interview.
The Kremlin spokesman said also that Moscow has not had any official contacts with Donald Trump's team during the presidential campaign.
"I just want to repeat that we could not speak about any official contacts or contacts orchestrated or initiated from Kremlin, we haven't had any official contacts with them," he added.
Peskov said that the Russian leadership isn't expecting a thaw in relations with the United States following the election.
"No one expects that the relationship will improve in a fortnight between Moscow and Washington," he pointed out. "We have a very heavy burden of disagreements on our shoulders, but, nonetheless, if our two leaders [Putin and Trump]… are wise enough to have a political will to talk to each other and to try to solve problems not by confronting each other, not by using, let's say, a language of sanctions or other illogical things hurting both sides, then we will really have a chance… to try to solve the problems."
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