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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a reported favorite for the position of US state secretary, fulfils his tasks rather professionally.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Kremlin considers Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, a reported favorite for the position of US state secretary, a professional, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

    US President-elect Donald Trump is currently forming his administration in preparation for his inauguration on January 20. On Saturday, reports emerged that Trump decided to appoint Tillerson as the new US secretary of state to succeed John Kerry under the incoming administration. The official announcement is expected to take place next week, according to the reports.

    "Indeed, as a part of his work as the head of one of the largest oil companies he has repeatedly had contacts with our representatives. He fulfils his tasks rather professionally," Peskov told reporters when asked about Tillerson.

    The Kremlin spokesman expressed hope that the new US administration would demonstrate a constructive approach and be professional with respect to Russia.

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