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Kremlin expects no quick change in ties with new U.S. secretary of state

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 21:00, December 14, 2016

MOSCOW, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- Russia's relations with the United States would not be changed overnight even if Rex Tillerson is confirmed as new U.S. secretary of state, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov warned not to "indulge in some kind of dream" that the battered ties would change overnight.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday picked Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, as his secretary of state. Tillerson's appointment needs confirmation of the Senate.

Tillerson, who is set to retire from the company in 2017, has known Russian President Vladimir Putin since the 1990s.

Tillerson was awarded Russia's Order of Friendship in 2013, a state decoration to reward foreign nationals for their contributions to promote relations with Russia.

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