Kosachev: Mueller report gives Trump team chance to reset ties with Russia
The report by U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluding that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election gives the U.S. presidential administration a chance to start its ties from scratch with Moscow, head of Russia's Federation Council Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said.
"A lot can be rectified if there is goodwill," Kosachev wrote on his Facebook page. He didn't rule out "any initiatives on Russia in the near future," because the outcome of the Mueller report has now dealt Trump’s team a full hand of trump cards."
At the same time he noted that within the Trump administration there are such hawks as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
"In any case, there is a chance to start a lot in our relations from scratch, but that’s a question of whether Trump will take this risk. Certainly, we are ready," the senator added.
Kosachev suggested beginning from the most pressing things: the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) and New START (Strategic Arms Reduction) Treaties.
The lawmaker noted that Trump’s opponents would have to swallow the fact that the White House occupant is there to stay. "His chances for re-election starting from yesterday seem to be much stronger," Kosachev added.