by WorldTribune Staff, November 14, 2016
A top adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Donald Trump’s victory likely prevented a third world war.
“Americans had two choices: World War III or multilateral peace,” Sergei Glazyev told Russian news wire RNS.
“Clinton was a symbol of war, and Trump has a chance to change this course,” Glazyev said.
Another aide to Putin, Vyacheslav Volodin, also hailed Trump’s triumph. “With the end of the Obama administration there will be an end to the problems it caused between the Kremlin and Washington, including the sanctions.”
“Sanctions are the tool used by the weak,” Volodin said, referring to the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and European Union for Russia’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. “With sanctions you can’t have mutual respect,” adding that with Trump’s victory Russia hopes the sanctions will be lifted.
U.S.-Russia relations hit their lowest point since the Cold War after Democrats accused Russia of attempting to interfere in the presidential election.
The Democratic Party charged that Russia was responsible for the theft of emails released by WikiLeaks that were damaging to Clinton and the party. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Russia had nothing to do with the leaks.
Putin dismissed the Democrats’ accusations as “mythical and fictitious.”
“Does anyone seriously think Russia can somehow influence the American people’s choice?” Putin said. “Is America some kind of banana republic? America is a great power!”
“(Trump) spoke about resuming and restoring relations with Russia,” Putin said. “We understand the way to that will be difficult, taking into account the current state of degradation of relations between the U.S. and Russia. As I have repeatedly said, that is not our fault that Russia-U.S. relations are in that state. Russia is ready and wants to restore the fully fledged relations with the U.S.”