Stent said the Russian president feels that his country is overlooked by the United States. After eight years in which a Democratic president allowed competitors like China, Iran and Russian Federation to make strategic gains at American expense, and failed to enforce a White House "red line" against Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people in Syria, will Democrats return to their historic posture, under Cold War presidents and the post-Cold War administration of Bill Clinton, of advocating that the United States stand firm against aggressive authoritarian rulers?
He said he would seek "respectful" dialogue with Mr Trump, who angered many Mexicans on the campaign trail by deriding them as rapists and murderers, and vowing to build a massive wall along the USA border to keep them out. Russia's stock market was the best of the big four emerging markets past year, with the Market Vectors Russia (RSXJ) exchange traded fund rising almost 100%.
Maria Olsen, spokeswoman for the US embassy in Moscow, said the army's promotion led her to check out the store for the first time.
In an interview with the Times of London published on Monday, Trump, who assumes office on Friday after coming out victorious in the November 8 election, said that he would suggest offering to end sanctions on Moscow in return for a nuclear arms reduction agreement.
He promised in a Facebook message, "We are ready to do our share of the work in order to improve the relationship".
Russian President Vladimir Putin won't be watching the inauguration of Donald Trump as President today.
A "Trumplissimo America!" party in Moscow on Thursday. The Kremlin hopes to see that change under President Trump.
Ted Gerber, a UW-Madison sociology professor and director of the school's Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia, said it's not surprising Putin denied the allegations of the kompromat. Which view of the worldwide politics should we subscribe to - the one publicised by Washington that has ended up destabilising global behaviour (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria) or the one being propagated by Kremlin (Putin) that wishes to shoulder the burden of serving as a counter weight against that?
Protesters in Berlin on Friday. It's hard to imagine our relations worse than they are now unless we were on the cusp of war.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov voiced hope that Trump will work with Putin on solving the Ukrainian crisis and other problems, but warned against expectations of quick progress.
Relating to China, Donald Trump has also heavily criticized NAFTA, saying ultimately the deal will be hurtful to the USA economy and has promised to do away with it. "Difficulties will remain", he said. He referenced "the new administration", but did not mention Trump by name. "He is the president of the United States of America".
Russia's major news programs lined up hours of Trump coverage: A viewer of the state-run Rossiya-1 channel got four hours of American politics, full of vitriol aimed at Obama, disdain for the allegations against Russian Federation, and cautious optimism about Trump.
Trump has also said USA allies are not paying their fair share, naming such countries as Germany and Japan, saying these countries have more than enough funds to protect themselves and do not need the U.S.to spend billions to do it for them.
The Russian leader, during the conference, also dismissed the reports of a privately-prepared intelligence dossier which claimed Russian intelligence agencies had compromising material on Donald Trump.