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    Senior Russian MP Hopes US to Build Ties Based on Dialogue, Not Saber-Rattling

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    Donald Trump's presidency in the United States is unlikely to bring about sharp changes in the trajectory of its bilateral relations with Russia, a senior Russian lawmaker said Monday. However, Moscow hopes Washington will realize that it is better to build relations based on dialogue rather than saber-rattling.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Vladimir Shamanov, the State Duma defense committee chair, told military attaches accredited in Moscow that "Russia does not expect drastic changes in the trajectory of bilateral relations with Washington in connection with Trump's arrival."

    "Nevertheless, we hope that over the ocean they will finally realize that mutual relations are much more advantageous and more efficient to build not through the sights of strategic missiles, but on the basis of civilized and equal dialogue," Shamanov said.

    Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated establishing a political dialogue with Moscow, particularly in regards to the fight against terrorism, and expressed readiness to build positive relations with Russia. Moscow has long been promoting the idea of fruitful cooperation with Washington.

    After the leaders' phone talks on January 28, the Kremlin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the presidents had noted the importance of respect in relations.

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