"And as he is smart, that means he will fully and quite quickly be aware of a different level of responsibility".
The Journal Star asked Peter Oster, Annie Himes and Joshua Valdez - all of whom are now teaching in Russia or other former Soviet regions - what life is like in Russia, how Russians see the US election, how each has made sense of Trump's election from afar and what hopes they have for future relations between the two countries.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin believes President-elect Donald Trump has the brains to quickly wrangle his Commander-in-Chief duties, citing his business dealings under the Trump Organization as evidence.
Putin told Trump he was looking forward to stabilizing relations between the world powers with a "partner-like dialogue" and "mutual respect" after his election victory in November.
In his speech, Putin said he expected to work with the USA in the Middle East, where Russian forces have for months bombed Syrian cities that are not under the control of his ally, Bashar al-Assad.
"We assume that he will act based on this position", Putin added.
The Russian president praised Trump a year ago, telling reporters the mogul was a "bright and talented person without any doubt", with an "outstanding and talented personality". Trump's choice as defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis, has called Russia's aggression in Ukraine a problem "much more severe, more serious" than Washington and the European Union are treating it.
"During the call, the two leaders discussed a range of issues including the threats and challenges facing the United States and Russia, strategic economic issues and the historical US-Russia relationship that dates back over 200 years", the statement said.
Today, Putin, yet again, emphasizes how it's looking pretty good for Russian Federation and U.S. following Trump's victory. We don't need it.
In the run-up to the presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials accused Russian Federation of trying to influence the result by hacking the Democratic National Committee.
Putin "was seriously impacted by the sanctions because it targeted his closest friends and now they think Trump is going to change that".
The post-Cold War relationship between the USA and Russian Federation has been rocky, especially since the Ukrainian crisis and the war in Syria.
"We are ready to cooperate with the new American administration", Putin told lawmakers and officials at the Kremlin. But in Putin's address, he emphasizes that he is ready to mend whatever it is that needs mending with the US government, especially after Trump's victory. "We have a shared responsibility to ensure global security", he added.
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