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Putin Wants to Work With Trump as Equals to Restore Relations

  • ‘We aren’t looking for enemies,’ Putin says in annual speech
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Putin: We Are Ready to Work With President Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’s ready to work with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump’s new administration on an equal basis, as he urged joint efforts to fight terrorism in his annual state-of-the-nation speech.

“We are ready for cooperation with the new U.S. administration,” Putin said in the Kremlin on Thursday before an audience of both houses of parliament and top officials as well as religious and business leaders. “It is important to normalize and start developing bilateral ties on an equal and mutually beneficial basis.”