Senior-level Russian official: Moscow was in contact with Trump’s campaign

The Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry was in contact with Donald Trump’s campaign before he became the president-elect yesterday, according to a senior-level official within the ministry. According to the source, the relationship between Russia and Trump’s close associates will continue and might even become stronger after Trump takes office.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Republican President-elect Donald Trump Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A senior-level Russian official confirmed today (Thursday) that the Kremlin was in contact with Donald Trump’s campaign before he became the president-elect yesterday. According to Russian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Ryabkov, his ministry was in contact with Trump’s campaign and will remain in contact with his close associates. Throughout the presidential race, several reports about Russia assisting Trump made international headlines. Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton even accused the Kremlin of hacking her campaign’s computer network.

When Ryabkov was asked by reporters whether Russia will strengthen its ties with Trump’s associates, he said: “This depends on the situation and the issues Russia is facing.”

Earlier, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on the election results and expressed hope that his country’s relationship with the US will improve. During a press conference in Berlin, he said: “We certainly hope that the relations between Russia and the United States, which are experiencing a very, very unfavorable period, will improve and become normal.” According to Lavrov, a change in policy will meet “the interests of the Russians and the entire world.”

On Sunday, JOL reported that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sat down for a special interview with Channel 2 News’ Yonit Levi. During the interview, Medvedev commented on his country’s relationship with America, saying: “Our relations with the US have plummeted to a historic low.”

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