Putin, Trump contact possible before inauguration: Kremlin

Moscow, Nov 14 (IANS) Contacts between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President-elect Donald Trump before the latter’s inauguration are possible, but one should not put high hopes on a quick change in bilateral relations, the Kremlin has said.

“I do not know whether there are going to be any contacts between the President and Trump before the inauguration. I do not know, but certainly this cannot be ruled out,” Xinhua news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Sunday.

Peskov said Moscow is seeking good relations with Washington and wants to resolve all disputed issues through dialogue, in the hope of mending the bilateral ties which are in “deplorable condition”.

Peskov said that both Putin and Trump have a common approach to the necessity of defending national interests, and stress the necessity of normalising relations between the two countries primarily on the basis of protection of national interests.

But he warned that one should “avoid unrealistic expectations”.

Meanwhile, Peskov said, Moscow is going to continue to work with the current administration of US President Barack Obama, who will remain in power for the next two months, on the most burning issues.

“Events in Syria, for example, are actively developing, so that no one can afford a break of two months,” said the spokesman.