Moscow ready to normalise ties with the US: Lavrov

Moscow, Jan 25 (IANS) Normalising ties with the US will take time, but Russia is ready to begin the process, the Russian Foreign Minister said during in the State Duma here on Wednesday.

Addressing members of Russia’s lower chamber of Parliament, Sergey Lavrov said it would take time and serious effort to recover from the damage that Russo-American ties suffered under the administration of former president Barack Obama, efe news reported.

“But, as pointed out by President Vladmir Putin, we are willing to do our part to repair relations in the interest of our people and in the interest of global security and stability,” Lavrov said.

Russia’s top diplomat said his country approved of newly elected US President Donald Trump’s stance with regard to the normalisation of bi-lateral relations.

Russia hoped Trump would maintain his intentions of concentrating on America’s domestic problems without straying into the internal affairs of other countries, Lavrov said, adding that Russia would continue to judge Trump’s actions.

Real-estate mogul and former reality TV personality, Trump, who won the US election for the Republican Party, has postured in favour of normalising ties with Moscow.

This political outlook runs in stark contrast with Obama, who, during his administration, supported the imposition of economic sanctions on the Eurasian country for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict.