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    Election of Donald Trump as US President ‘Shocks’ NATO States - Russian Envoy

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    Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 US elections shocked the member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) due to the president-elect's views on cooperation with Russia, Russia's envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Grushko added that the "shock" was mostly caused due to the position of those, who expressed fear that possible improvement of the US-Russian relations could damage the policy NATO had been following in the past years.

    "Speaking about the developments on the NATO platform, election of [Donald] Trump as the new US president left a shocking impression," Alexander Grushko said in response to a RIA Novosti query.

    Trump repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that Washington should review its relationships with NATO allies which he insisted should pay more for having their security guaranteed by the United States.

    Earlier in the day, Carter Page, who served as an adviser to Trump during his presidential campaign told Sputnik that  the US president-elect and Russian leader Vladimir Putin need to establish mutual respect for each other on a personal level to promote a fair dialogue between the two states.

    Trump reaffirmed his willingness to normalize US relations with Russia in the first ever phone with President Vladimir Putin on November 14.

    Trump, who beat his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the November 8 presidential elections, has repeatedly noted during his public speeches and interviews that "it would be nice" to have a good relationship with Russia. In his victory speech, the president-elect pledged to prioritize US national interests, but he also promised to treat fairly all other nations.


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