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Putin on Trump victory: Russia is ready to restore relations with US

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Russia is ready and looks forward to restoring bilateral relations with the United States, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, commenting on the news of Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election.

“We heard [Trump’s] campaign rhetoric while still a candidate for the US presidency, which was focused on restoring the relations between Russia and the United States,” President Putin said, speaking at the presentation ceremony of foreign ambassadors’ letters of credentials in Moscow.

“We understand and are aware that it will be a difficult path in the light of the degradation in which, unfortunately, the relationship between Russia and the US are at the moment,” he added.

Earlier today, in a message to Donald Trump the Russian President expressed confidence that the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, in keeping with each other’s views, meets the interests of both Russia and the US.

The Russian leader noted in the message that he hopes to address some “burning issues that are currently on the international agenda, and search for effective responses to the challenges of the global security,” RIA Novosti reported.

On top of it, Putin has expressed confidence that “building a constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington, based on principles of equality, mutual respect and each other’s positions, meets the interests of the peoples of our countries and of the entire international community.”

Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin has also expressed hope that Trump’s victory in the presidential election will help pave the way for a more constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington.

“The current US-Russian relations cannot be called friendly. Hopefully, with the new US president a more constructive dialogue will be possible between our countries,” he said.

“The Russian Parliament will welcome and support any steps in this direction,” Volodin added on Wednesday.

A member of the Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security, Senator Aleksey Pushkov, has meanwhile noted that Hillary Clinton’s stake on the conflict with Russia has eventually done her a terrible disservice.

“[Playing the] ‘Russian card’ and portraying Putin as a bad guy did not help Clinton. On the contrary, staking on the conflict with Moscow has only caused fear, doing her a disservice,” he tweeted.

According to many observers, US-Russia relations are now at their lowest point since the Cold War. Putin has repeatedly noted that the worsening of Russia’s relations with the US “was not our choice,” however.

For things to improve between Moscow and Washington, the US should first and foremost start acting like an equal partner and respect Russia’s interests rather than try to dictate terms, Putin said last month.

“We are concerned with the deterioration of Russian-American relations, but that was not our choice, we never wanted that. On the contrary, we want to have friendly relations with the US, a great country and a leading economy,” Putin said at an economic forum in Moscow.

The US will have to negotiate with Russia on finding solutions to international issues as no state is now able to act alone, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said last week, adding that problems in bilateral relations began to mount long before the Ukrainian crisis broke out in 2014.

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Karnataka: 6 dead, 5 injured in boiler blast at sugar factory in Bagalkot

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Bengaluru: At least six people were killed and five critically injured after a blast took place in a boiler in Nirani sugars factory at Mudhol in Bagalkot district of Karnataka.

 

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Bhupesh Baghel to be Chhattisgarh CM

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Raipur, Dec 16 : Chhatisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel was declared as the state’s chief minister on Sunday. The decision was taken in a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) in Raipur where Baghel was elected by Congress MLAs.

Bhupesh Baghel is credited with playing a crucial role in a landslide victory of the Congress in Chhattisgarh.

Baghel and three other contenders for the top post had met Congress chief Rahul Gandhi at his Tughlaq Lane home in Delhi on Saturday. Gandhi held hectic parleys with the four leaders : Mr Baghel, TS Singh Deo, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Bhupesh Baghel and Charan Das Mahant .

 

The sources also dismissed reports that one of the contenders, Sahu, threatened to quit the party if he was not made the Chief Minister.

The sources also indicated that unlike Rajasthan, there would be no deputy chief minister.

Representing Patan Assembly constituency in Durg district, Baghel is the President of Chhattisgarh Congress since October 2014.

Punia said the meeting of the newly-elected lawmakers will be held at 12 p.m on Sunday and the name of the new Chief Minister will be announced thereafter.

Earlier in the day, Gandhi tweeted a picture of himself flanked by all the four claimants to the post, hinting at the end of tussle over who would be the next Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh.

Posting pictures of Baghel, Deo, Sahu and Mahant — Gandhi quoted American internet entrepreneur Reid Hoffman saying: “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”

The Congress President had earlier tweeted similar pictures of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister-designate Kamal Nath and his rival claimant to the post Jyotiraditya Scindia as well as Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot and his state party chief Sachin Pilot who has been named as the Deputy Chief Minister.

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Congress will do its work on farm loans waiver, BJP should perform its role : Gehlot

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Jaipur, Dec 16 : Ashok Gehlot will take oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan on Monday but BJP has started issuing statements on  farm loan waiver.Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said that Congress will do its work of waiving farm loans and BJP should rather perform their role as an opposition.

 “Congress will do its work. They should do theirs, if they don’t public will question them. The responsibility they have today is what we had in the last election & we worked. Now it’s their duty to work,” Rajasthan CM designate Ashok Gehlot said on BJP’s demand for farm loan waiver.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi, along with several senior party leaders, will be present on December 17 at the oath-taking ceremony of Rajasthan Chief Minister-designate Ashok Gehlot .

The programme, in which Sachin Pilot will also take oath as the state’s Deputy Chief Minister, would be held at 10 a.m at Albert Hall here.

Former Prime Minister and Congress veteran Manmohan Singh would also be present.

The other leaders expected at the ceremony include former Prime Minister H.D. Devegowda, former Union Minister Sharad Yadav, Congress leader Mallikarjun Khadge, former J&K Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav, DMK working President M.K. Stalin, party leader Kanimozhi, JMM leader Hemant Soren and Jharkhand Vikas Morcha chief Babulal Marandi.

While Gehlot will take the oath as Chief Minister for the third time, Pilot will take the oath for the first time as Deputy Chief Minister.

 

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