During their last days in office the Obama administration fussily tried to undermine the normal relations between Russia and US under the Trump administration by creating some legislative obstacles or so-called legislative landmines, which will of course complicate the normal relationship Knowing these peculiarities of the US political system, we don't have high hopes of course But as President Putin said we would be ready to do everything in our power to normalise relations This can only be achieved on the basis of equality The idea of holding talks in Astana has moved efforts aimed at the Syrian settlement on a completely new level first of all in regard to a direct dialogue between the armed opposition I want to stress this – armed opposition, with the [Syrian] government These armed opposition forces used to be out of the dialogue for some time and the dialogue used to involve only the political opposition which predominantly includes the external part of the Syrian crisis, mostly immigrants.

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