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    US President-elect Donald Trump said that he wanted to improve relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin but pointed out that any possible warming of relations should not be called a "reset."

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Trump secured a victory in the US presidential election on November 8 by receiving 290 electoral votes. His rival Hillary Clinton obtained 232 electoral votes. Trump's inauguration will be held on January 20, 2017. During his pre-election campaign Trump many times spoke about the need to improve relations with Russia.

    "I wouldn’t use that term [reset] after what happened," Trump told the New York Times in an interview, adding that it would be "nice" if he and Putin could get along.

    Trump said that he had already talked to the Russian president since the victory in the US election but did not go into further details.

    Since 2014, relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated amid the crisis in Ukraine. Washington and its allies have introduced several rounds of anti-Russia sanctions since Crimea became part of Russia in 2014 and over Moscow's alleged involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. Russia has repeatedly refuted the allegations, warning that the Western sanctions are counterproductive and undermine global stability.

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