December 22, 2016 / 1:55 PM / a year ago

Russia says ties with U.S. frozen, Trump might be "more constructive"

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday dialogue with the United States was frozen at most levels but that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump might have a more constructive attitude towards Russia.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov smiles as he arrives for a signing ceremony following a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016 (SPIEF 2016) in St. Petersburg, Russia, June 17, 2016. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor/Files

“We’re not wearing rose-tinted glasses, we have no illusions about any breakthroughs but hope for a more constructive approach,” Peskov said.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia was examining how it would approach the incoming administration when it takes office on Jan. 20.

“We are of course actively working on a constructive agenda for our relations (with the United States) after the arrival of the new administration,” Ryabkov was quoted by the RIA news agency as saying.

He said the world was undergoing its most stormy period for decades.

“Processes of such complexity are intertwined, and the appearance of contradictory and conflicting (national) interests sometimes takes on extremely harsh forms,” he said.

Reporting by Peter Hobson; Editing by

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