Kremlin Seeks Equal Ties With US, Agrees With Trump on Term 'Reset'

© AP Photo / Alexander ZemlianichenkoA journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016
A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The Kremlin affirms its intention to have mutually beneficial and equal relations with the United States, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday, echoing US President-elect Donald Trump's reluctance to use the term 'reset.'

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He admitted that the renewal of Russia-US dialogue under the Trump presidency would not be quick and easy, noting that the relations had hit a "rock bottom."

"I would like to remind you of President [Vladimir] Putin's words. He repeatedly and on different occasions spoke of the desire to build kind, mutually beneficial relations with the US. That is, in this case the president has always stated that he expects reciprocity from Washington," Peskov told reporters.

A journalist writes a material as she watches a live telecast of the U.S. presidential election standing at portraits of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Union Jack pub in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 - Sputnik International
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"Hardly anything could bungle these relations. They are at quite a rock bottom. But certainly we expect that the dialogue will resume and will begin a difficult and clearly not a quick process to lead the relations in a constructive direction," Peskov stressed.

Trump said in a Tuesday interview with The New York Times it would be "nice" if he could get along with Putin. When prompted if he planned to have  a "reset" with Russia, Trump said "I wouldn't use that term after what happened," referring to the failed efforts in 2010 by Democratic rival and then-State Secretary Hillary Clinton,

"One can agree with the president-elect here: the word itself has actually compromised itself, because the consequences of this reset were not what we would like to see," Peskov said. "The term in this case does not matter. The main thing is willingness and demonstration of readiness to normalize relations."

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