Russians Celebrate Trump's Swearing-In Ceremony

It would take months rather than weeks to organize a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

While Mr. Trump has expressed an admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin, and hopes that relations between the two enormous countries can improve, it remains unclear how his rhetoric will translate into foreign policy.

USA intelligence agencies have noted that the Russians allegedly hacked and released information about Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton, eventually tipping the balance in his favor.

Mr Putin also charged that those spreading allegations against Mr Trump want to "bind the President-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises". Congress must pursue its historic role overseeing foreign policy to pull the commander-in-chief in a responsible direction, and European allies should step up their contributions to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to prove to the incoming United States president their inestimable worth within a shared community of values. Revellers in Moscow and throughout the country gathered to celebrate the new president being sworn in. "It's worth waiting and watching what his tone will be", he added. "He has socialized with the most lovely women in the world", Putin said in response to a question from a reporter from pro-Kremlin news agency Life about whether he had seen files or videos suggesting Trump had met with prostitutes.

The comments were made before Trump threw his hat into the ring to become the Republican pick for president. The Kremlin strongly rejects the allegations.

Trump, who takes office on Friday after winning the 8 November election, said in an interview with the Times of London published on Monday that he would propose offering to end sanctions on Moscow in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal.

If you sit in the real world, however, the USA under Donald Trump starts off a whole lot like the one under Barack Obama, insofar as Russian Federation is concerned.

Trump has suggested that warming relations with Moscow can only be a good thing. "We are dealing with people who won't get involved in moralising, but will try to understand their partner's interests", Lavrov said. Like many Russians, he was enthused by Trump's unexpected rise to the presidency. Russia's invasion and annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula in 2014, its continued support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, speculation that it has territorial plans in the Baltic States, and its unrelenting support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, have all led to the belief that Russian interests are at odds with Western interests. "Trump, Trump, he's really president", the mustachioed Tokarev sang on a tiny stage with the Russian and American flags hanging behind him.

Changes to U.S. policy on Iran, where Trump wants to dismantle a groundbreaking global nuclear agreement negotiated in the Obama era, would also risk alienating the Russian leadership.

  • Jacqueline Ellis