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Putin Says Trump’s ‘Not My Bride,’ But Still Hopes for Detente

  • Russian president says U.S., Russia can compromise on issues
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Where U.S. Relations With Russia Stand Right Now

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said he’s still hopeful of improving relations with the U.S. under President Donald Trump, and won’t hit back for now against Washington’s order to close Russia’s consulate in San Francisco.

It’s “very naive” to ask whether he’s disappointed in the U.S. leader because “he’s not my bride, and I’m also not his bride or groom,” Putin told a news conference at the BRICS summit in Xiamen, China, on Tuesday. “Trump is guided by the national interests of his country, and I by mine. I very much hope that we will be able, as the current U.S. president has said, to reach some compromise in resolving bilateral and international problems.”